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The Indians could be interested in Michael Bourn

Feb 5, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

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With the Mets in a (public) full court press on Michael Bourn, Buster Olney notes the existence of another potential suitor:


Seems like a stretch. The Indians already have Nick Swisher, Michael Brantley and Drew Stubbs in their outfield. They don’t have a DH, of course, but they didn’t sign Swisher to be a DH and not many teams truly juggle that juggle-your-DH thing with players rotating through the slot that well.

Speculation? Boras being all tricksy? It’s all possible now.

  1. stex52 - Feb 5, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Poor old Michael. I didn’t expect him to get his price, but I didn’t think the market would be this dry. It’s like they have to tie a pork chop around his neck to get the dog to play with him.

    • captainwisdom8888 - Feb 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      i dunno about pork chops…but this guy is talented offensively. He provides a service as a prototypical leadoff guy that quite honestly a lot of teams dont have..and his defense his above average

      worse players have gotten huge contracts

      • captainwisdom8888 - Feb 5, 2013 at 6:22 PM

        mama dukes always dried out the pork chops so i was never game for them

  2. countduku - Feb 5, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    he would be a great addition to the Indians. I hope it happens.

  3. chill1184 - Feb 5, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Take him Indians, go right ahead

  4. Al - Feb 5, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    What the Indians DON’T have is a true leadoff hitter, which could explain the interest. I’d still be shocked if this actually happens.

  5. collinhauffe - Feb 5, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    If swisher plays first then Reynolds can move to 3rd or DH. 3 great defensive outfielders to help a mediocre pitching staff could work out.

    Bourn- CF
    Kipnis- 2b
    Cabrera- SS
    Swisher- 1B
    Santana- C
    Brantley- LF
    Reynolds- DH
    Chisenhall- 3B
    Stubbs- RF


  6. brianabbe - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    If they land him somehow, which I might bet is on a one year deal with a wink, wink provision not to extend him a qualifying offer, Cleveland will have put together one of the better offseasons in the game. I would still be shocked if they made a run at any playoff berth, but it’s not a stretch to argue they would be 10-12 wins better, pushing them at least just below .500 into watchable territory.

  7. pxhbravoz - Feb 10, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    Indians payroll ceiling will dictate that signing this guy is not sound fiscal policy. Indians just trolling the market as pretenders. Dolans have always proven to be non buyers of real free agent talent when it comes to upper echelon talent.

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