Cleveland Indians sign Michael Bourn to $48M deal

By Tom Withers | Associated Press Published:

CLEVELAND -- Free agent outfielder Michael Bourn has agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract with the Cleveland Indians.

Bourn, an All-Star with Atlanta last season, must pass a physical later this week in Goodyear, Ariz., before the deal can be completed. Bourn batted .274 with nine homers, 57 RBI and 42 steals last season for the Braves.

As long as there isn't a hangup, the 30-year-old Bourn, who has remained on the market all winter, will move into the Indians' starting lineup.

Bourn played centerfield last season and would give an immediate boost to a Cleveland team that has reloaded with the acquisition of free agent Nick Swisher, manager Terry Francona and starter Brett Myers.

Fox Sports first reported Bourn's deal.

The deal comes after a weekend when Cleveland agreed to minor-league deals with veterans Jason Giambi (first base/DH) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (pitcher).

The Indians have also been linked to St. Louis Cardinal free-agent pitcher Kyle Lohse, who won 16 games last year.

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