The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms on a minor league deal with veteran outfielder Michael Bourn, according to a report from Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirmed the news shortly after while also noting that the 34-year-old's contract does include an invite to spring training, meanwhile, also noting that he has the chance to earn a total salary of $2 million if he breaks camp in Sarasota, Florida come the end of March.
At this point in his major league career, Bourn is rather used to being re-located throughout the outfield, which has given him plenty of practice as well as experience when signed or traded elsewhere in the past. That to be said, he is a very dynamic player who certainly has the means to help out a ball club as seen fit.
Bourn started out the 2016 season with the Atlanta Braves, however, was designated for assignment in early April, later to be followed by his unconditional release. Next in on him was the Toronto Blue Jays who agreed to terms just one week later, sending him down to Triple-A Buffalo prior to a potential opportunity on Canadian turf.
That deal would remain until early May when the club gave him an out with no sign of further progression coming at the rate of which they had hoped it might. Just a day later, the two-time all star was on the move for a third time as he closed in on a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Once again, not to Bourn's surprise, the two-sides had agreed on a minor league deal, however, this time, he would be assigned to Double-A Mobile. that is where he stayed put until moved at the MLB trade deadline in August, when he was acquired by the Baltimore Orioles.
At this point in time, Bourn was hoping perhaps he was done. As for his answer, he very much was. Another up to this agreement was the fact that he was finally back on the major league stage.
Taking a look at his 2016 statistics, Bourn finished with a slash line of .283/.358/.435, alongside five home runs and 38 runs batted in, in a total of 113 games played. Over this span, he made 55 plate appearances.
Bourn was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth round of the 2003 amateur draft. He later signed in July of that season, followed by his debut in July of 2006.
Bourn, who is a client of Boras Corporations, brings extra speed to base paths as well as an extra left-handed bat which many teams seek on several occasions. He is also a two-time gold glove award recipient for his impeccable work in the corner outfield, therefore, could make 2017 quite a successful year if he performs to the Orioles standards when Grapefruit League exhibition games commence at the end of the upcoming week.