One source told me yesterday that the Cleveland Indians have legitimate interest in Edwin Jackson and could be interested in a bad contract swap. One player who matches up in terms of contract and a possible fit is Michael Bourn.
Bourn has struggled since signing with Cleveland, particularly last season when he had to play through nagging leg injuries that sapped some of his speed and defensive range. If those injuries are in the past, perhaps he can recapture the skills that led to gold glove defense and OBPs n the the .340-.355 range as an Atlanta Brave. We first mentioned this idea back in early September but now it appears there may be something behind this idea.
One of the things new manager Joe Maddon has tossed around is adding more speed,
We might possibly need to see a trend away from seeing pitches,” suggested Maddon. “I can see speed – including using it creatively – becoming a more important part of the game. I think the trend might be going back to the way the game had been before the unrealistic home run numbers arrived and walks became prominent. I really don’t know.”
And as Mike mentioned yesterday, Maddon may have more pull to get what he wants than previous managers
The Cubs certainly are accumulating a lot of arms that will be under contract. They picked up Jacob Turner’s option and they recently re-signed Tsuyoshi Wada to a major league deal. With Jake Arrieta, Travis Wood, and Jackson under contract — and the Cubs expected to add an arm or two in free agency, somebody is going to have to go.
The Cubs have admitted that signing Jackson hasn’t worked out as well as they had hoped and that he would have to pitch very well to maintain his spot on the roster. Bourn would add a net $5.5M to the payroll over the next two years, so if we consider Jackson a sunk cost, the hit to the payroll is small enough where the Cubs can gamble that a return to the NL and better health can rejuvenate Bourn’s career.
Could the Cubs see a possible match here as well?
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