Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians will be reporting to Goodyear in less than a week, but the team continues off the field to try to find ways to get better.
Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Indians may have some interest in former Atlanta Braves outfielder Michael Bourn. The tweet from Olney on subject reads:
Indians among the teams that might have interest in Michael Bourn if his price tag dropped A LOT. Lots of clubs trolling for bargains now.
Bourn rejected the Braves $13.3 million dollar qualifying offer and became a free agent back in November. Last season with the Braves, he hit .274 with 9 homers and 57 RBI.
He also stole 42 bases last season, but did strikeout a career-high 155 times.
The 30-year-old Bourn has also played with the Astros and Phillies. If the Indians interest is real, it would have to be at a discount, as they have spent a lot of money this year on players, including OF Nick Swisher and P Brett Myers.
The price tag would have to be down to about $2-$3 mil per season for the Indians to have any interest. They also would have to decide what to do with Bourn and where to play him, with the OF looking like Drew Stubbs or Michael Brantley in LF or CF, and Swisher in RF.