Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Indians have signed free agent outfielder Michael Bourn to a four-year, $48 million contract with a vesting option for 2017.
That option vests for $12 million if Bourn reaches 550 plate appearances in 2016. It's another big offseason splash for the Indians, who have also acquired Nick Swisher, Trevor Bauer, Drew Stubbs, Jason Giambi, Mark Reynolds, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw. And they decided to keep shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. Bourn will start in center field for Cleveland and should retain a high level of fantasy value. He hit .274/.348/.391 with nine homers, 57 RBI and 42 steals in 155 games last season for the Braves. The Indians will surrender their 2013 competitive balance pick.