The Cleveland Indians are among the teams that might be willing to take a chance on free-agent outfielder Michael Bourn, but only if his asking price drops considerably, reports Buster Olney of ESPN:
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.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February 5, 2013
The New York Mets are the only team that has made any sort of waves on the Michael Bourn front for a while now, and even they have been very reluctant to meet the free-agent outfielder's demands. Bourn is asking for five years, but the Mets are not willing to go more than three at present.
If New York continues to hold out, and Bourn does drop his price tag, that could put several other teams -- like the Indians -- in play for his services.
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The Tribe has been involved in two big outfield moves this winter: 1) trading right fielder Shin-Soo Choo to the Cincinnati Reds in a three-team deal that brought in right-hander Trevor Bauer and outfielder Drew Stubbs, and 2) signing new right fielder Nick Swisher to a four-year, $56 million contract.
If Cleveland were to acquire Bourn at a discounted price, they would boast a pretty fearsome outfield with Swisher in right, Bourn in center, and a platoon of Stubbs and Michael Brantley in left.