Former big leaguer, Michael Bourn joins BayBears
PEARL, MS - The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed veteran outfielder Michael Bourn to a minor-league deal, assigning the two-time MLB All Star to the D-backs' Double-A affiliate, the Mobile BayBears. Bourn will join the BayBears in Pearl before the BayBears and Mississippi Braves begin game two of their current five game series in Mississippi on Tuesday.
Bourn had signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays at the beginning of the season and played with Single-A Dunedin but the veteran outfielder was released by the Blue Jays over the weekend. In 41 plate appearances, Bourn hit .257 with two doubles and a triple while with Dunedin.
The 33-year-old Bourn is earning $14 million in 2016, the final season of a four-year, $48 million contract he signed with Cleveland prior to the 2013 season. The Indians and Atlanta Braves are on the hook for Bourn's salary this season, meaning he will only cost Arizona the pro-rated portion of the league minimum for any time spent on the Major League roster.
Last August, the Braves acquired Bourn and Nick Swisher from the Indians in a trade for infielder Chris Johnson. The Braves released both Bourn and Swisher before Opening Day this season. Bourn has played for the Phillies, Astros, Braves and Indians over his 10-year MLB career and has a career batting average of .266 with 326 stolen bases. The Houston, Texas native is a two-time MLB All Star, taking part in the Mid-Summer Classic during both the 2010 and 2012 seasons.