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Birth Date12-27-1982
Height5' 11"
Weight190 lbs
Age36 years, 7 months, 28 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2006 PHI 23 17 11 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 2 .125 .222 .125 73 -0.3 -0.2 -0.7 -0.1
2007 PHI 24 105 133 33 3 3 1 13 21 0 18 1 .277 .348 .378 81 -2.6 2.0 -3.1 0.0
2008 HOU 25 138 514 107 10 4 5 37 111 2 41 10 .229 .288 .300 55 -27.4 1.0 0.4 -1.0
2009 HOU 26 157 678 173 27 12 3 63 140 2 61 12 .285 .354 .384 84 -11.2 12.1 5.1 2.8
2010 HOU 27 141 605 142 25 6 2 59 109 3 52 12 .265 .341 .346 73 -17.9 10.4 10.2 2.2
2011 ATL 28 53 249 63 8 3 1 15 50 1 22 7 .278 .321 .352 90 -2.5 2.2 -3.7 0.4
2011 HOU 28 105 473 130 26 7 1 38 90 3 39 7 .303 .363 .403 89 -5.1 4.4 -4.3 1.0
2012 ATL 29 155 703 171 26 10 9 70 155 3 42 13 .274 .348 .391 94 -4.7 11.3 -0.4 2.9
2013 CLE 30 130 575 138 21 6 6 40 132 2 23 12 .263 .316 .360 79 -12.8 5.4 -4.7 0.5
2014 CLE 31 106 487 114 17 10 3 35 114 3 10 6 .257 .314 .360 84 -8.5 1.8 -6.4 0.1
2015 ATL 32 46 156 30 3 1 0 17 31 0 4 2 .221 .303 .257 71 -4.6 -0.3 4.7 0.4
2015 CLE 32 95 326 71 12 1 0 29 76 0 13 5 .246 .313 .294 71 -9.8 2.1 0.3 0.2
2016 ARI 33 89 358 86 12 6 3 22 83 0 13 5 .261 .307 .362 71 -11.7 0.7 0.4 0.0
2016 BAL 33 24 55 13 1 0 2 6 9 0 2 0 .283 .358 .435 69 -1.9 0.5 0.1 0.0
Career136153231272191693644511241934194.266.329.35779-121.253.4-2.09.1

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2003 BAT A- NYP 35 153 .000 .000 .000 .354 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 LWD A SAL 109 510 .000 .000 .000 .383 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 REA AA EAS 135 614 .260 .324 .401 .334 101 2.2 14.5 -1.4 107 0 18.2 4.0 5.9 4.2
2006 PHI MLB NL 17 11 .268 .369 .422 .200 92 -1.7 0.3 -0.1 73 9 -0.7 -0.2 -0.3 -0.1
2006 REA AA EAS 80 361 .253 .320 .374 .331 95 1 8.1 0.7 84 0 15.9 7.6 -7.4 2.6
2006 SWB AAA INT 38 174 .261 .329 .390 .356 94 6.1 5.0 -0.2 109 0 0.9 3.2 1.7 1.0
2007 PHI MLB NL 105 133 .264 .334 .415 .330 105 -1.4 3.9 -0.6 81 12 -3.1 2.0 -2.6 0.0
2008 HOU MLB NL 138 514 .264 .334 .417 .290 100 -26.8 14.9 1.3 55 10 0.4 1.0 -27.4 -1.0
2009 HOU MLB NL 157 678 .262 .328 .420 .366 96 4.5 19.5 1.8 84 7 5.1 12.1 -11.2 2.8
2010 HOU MLB NL 141 605 .260 .324 .405 .329 93 0 16.7 1.5 73 7 10.2 10.4 -17.9 2.2
2011 ATL MLB NL 53 249 .253 .315 .389 .346 95 -1 6.7 0.6 90 7 -3.7 2.2 -2.5 0.4
2011 HOU MLB NL 105 473 .254 .315 .396 .381 100 6.3 12.8 1.2 89 7 -4.3 4.4 -5.1 1.0
2012 ATL MLB NL 155 703 .254 .317 .403 .349 99 8 19.3 1.7 94 5 -0.4 11.3 -4.7 2.9
2013 CLE MLB AL 130 575 .252 .315 .397 .338 100 -6.5 15.1 1.4 79 5 -4.7 5.4 -12.8 0.5
2013 COH AAA INT 2 8 .257 .342 .375 .250 102 -0.9 0.2 0 55 0 0.0 0.3 -0.5 0.0
2014 CLE MLB AL 106 487 .256 .316 .395 .337 103 -5.9 12.6 1.1 84 7 -6.4 1.8 -8.5 0.1
2014 AKR AA EAS 6 25 .256 .319 .398 .154 101 -3.6 0.7 0.1 8 0 0.0 -1.0 -2.9 -0.3
2014 COH AAA INT 5 20 .289 .359 .411 .176 114 -3.2 0.6 -0.1 34 0 0.3 -0.6 -1.7 -0.2
2015 ATL MLB NL 46 156 .251 .310 .389 .280 89 -4.5 4.2 -0.4 71 6 4.7 -0.3 -4.6 0.4
2015 CLE MLB AL 95 326 .257 .317 .409 .332 107 -11.7 8.8 0.8 71 6 0.3 2.1 -9.8 0.2
2016 ARI MLB NL 89 358 .250 .314 .408 .340 103 -10.7 10.1 0.4 71 10 0.4 0.7 -11.7 0.0
2016 BAL MLB AL 24 55 .250 .310 .434 .306 112 1.1 1.6 -0.5 69 10 0.1 0.5 -1.9 0.0
2016 DUN A+ FSL 9 41 .240 .321 .347 .333 113 0 1.2 -0.1 105 0 -0.8 0.2 -0.7 0.0
2016 MOB AA SOU 5 23 .238 .318 .335 .333 89 -0.1 0.6 0.1 73 0 0.3 0.7 -1.0 0.1
2017 NOR AAA INT 11 51 .267 .332 .399 .273 87 1.4 1.5 -0.2 113 0 -1.0 1.9 0.7 0.3
2017 SLC AAA PCL 23 106 .294 .359 .470 .295 104 -4.2 3.1 -0.5 64 0 -1.6 -0.7 -4.3 -0.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2003 BAT A- NYP 153 125 12 35 0 1 0 37 4 23 28 23 5 .280 .399 .296 .016 2 2
2004 LWD A SAL 510 413 92 130 20 14 5 193 53 85 88 58 6 .315 .429 .467 .153 6 6
2005 REA AA EAS 614 544 80 146 18 8 6 198 44 63 123 38 12 .268 .345 .364 .096 4 4
2006 SWB AAA INT 174 152 34 43 5 7 1 65 15 20 33 15 1 .283 .370 .428 .145 0 0
2006 REA AA EAS 361 318 62 87 5 6 4 116 26 36 67 30 4 .274 .347 .365 .091 4 4
2006 PHI MLB NL 11 8 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 1 2 .125 .222 .125 .000 0 2
2007 PHI MLB NL 133 119 29 33 3 3 1 45 6 13 21 18 1 .277 .348 .378 .101 0 1
2008 HOU MLB NL 514 467 57 107 10 4 5 140 29 37 111 41 10 .229 .288 .300 .071 1 7
2009 HOU MLB NL 678 606 97 173 27 12 3 233 35 63 140 61 12 .285 .354 .384 .099 2 5
2010 HOU MLB NL 605 535 84 142 25 6 2 185 38 59 109 52 12 .265 .341 .346 .080 2 6
2011 ATL MLB NL 249 227 30 63 8 3 1 80 18 15 50 22 7 .278 .321 .352 .075 3 3
2011 HOU MLB NL 473 429 64 130 26 7 1 173 32 38 90 39 7 .303 .363 .403 .100 1 2
2012 ATL MLB NL 703 624 96 171 26 10 9 244 57 70 155 42 13 .274 .348 .391 .117 4 2
2013 CLE MLB AL 575 525 75 138 21 6 6 189 50 40 132 23 12 .263 .316 .360 .097 3 5
2013 COH AAA INT 8 7 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 1 0 .143 .250 .143 .000 0 0
2014 CLE MLB AL 487 444 57 114 17 10 3 160 28 35 114 10 6 .257 .314 .360 .104 2
2014 COH AAA INT 20 20 1 3 1 0 0 4 2 0 3 0 0 .150 .150 .200 .050 0
2014 AKR AA EAS 25 23 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 10 1 0 .087 .160 .087 .000 0
2015 CLE MLB AL 326 289 29 71 12 1 0 85 19 29 76 13 5 .246 .313 .294 .048 1 7
2015 ATL MLB NL 156 136 10 30 3 1 0 35 11 17 31 4 2 .221 .303 .257 .037 2 1
2016 MOB AA SOU 23 22 1 6 1 0 0 7 1 0 5 1 0 .273 .261 .318 .045 1 0
2016 DUN A+ FSL 41 35 2 9 2 1 0 13 4 5 8 1 0 .257 .366 .371 .114 0 0
2016 BAL MLB AL 55 46 5 13 1 0 2 20 8 6 9 2 0 .283 .358 .435 .152 1 2
2016 ARI MLB NL 358 329 43 86 12 6 3 119 30 22 83 13 5 .261 .307 .362 .100 1 6
2017 SLC AAA PCL 106 96 15 25 2 1 2 35 9 8 16 4 5 .260 .317 .365 .104 0 2
2017 NOR AAA INT 51 41 8 9 0 2 0 13 0 10 8 3 0 .220 .373 .317 .098 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1908 0.5456 0.4004 0.7788 0.5283 0.2468 0.8673 0.5514 0.2212 -0.0063
2009 2701 0.5072 0.3880 0.7739 0.5526 0.2186 0.8428 0.5945 0.2261 -0.0038
2010 2404 0.5004 0.3923 0.8006 0.5594 0.2248 0.8707 0.6259 0.1994 0.0071
2011 2801 0.5173 0.4163 0.7899 0.5928 0.2271 0.8719 0.5603 0.2101 0.0024
2012 2905 0.4971 0.4021 0.7697 0.5796 0.2266 0.8459 0.5770 0.2303 -0.0051
2013 2231 0.5150 0.4182 0.7524 0.5579 0.2699 0.8237 0.5959 0.2476 -0.0042
2014 1869 0.5227 0.4296 0.7659 0.5763 0.2691 0.8366 0.6000 0.2341 -0.0099
2015 1894 0.4952 0.4018 0.7359 0.5906 0.2165 0.8195 0.5121 0.2641 -0.0003
2016 1634 0.4969 0.3990 0.7592 0.5406 0.2591 0.8633 0.5446 0.2408 0.0000
Career203470.51030.40490.77130.56580.23760.84970.57590.2287-0.0020

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-06 2014-08-15 15-DL 40 34 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2014-05-04 2014-05-08 DTD 4 4 Left Thigh Strain - -
2014-03-21 2014-04-15 15-DL 25 13 Left Thigh Recovery From Previous Injury Hamstring Strain - -
2014-03-17 2014-03-21 Camp 4 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-10-15 2013-10-15 Off 0 0 Left Thigh Surgery Hamstring 2013-10-15 -
2013-09-30 2013-10-02 DTD 2 0 - Lower Leg Tightness Calf - -
2013-09-25 2013-09-28 DTD 3 3 Right Wrist Sprain - -
2013-04-15 2013-05-09 15-DL 24 20 Right Fingers Laceration Index Finger - -
2012-09-23 2012-09-30 DTD 7 6 Left Thumb Sprain - -
2011-06-15 2011-06-15 DTD 0 0 General Medical Illness -
2011-05-22 2011-05-22 DTD 0 0 Left Ankle Sprain -
2011-04-07 2011-04-08 DTD 1 1 Groin Tightness -
2011-03-15 2011-03-15 Camp 0 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2010-09-19 2010-10-04 DTD 15 14 Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2010-08-29 2010-08-29 DTD 0 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2010-04-17 2010-04-18 DTD 1 1 Groin Soreness -
2010-03-19 2010-03-27 Camp 8 0 Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2009-08-05 2009-08-09 DTD 4 3 Left Groin Strain -
2008-08-03 2008-08-07 DTD 4 4 Right Ankle Sprain -
2008-07-31 2008-08-02 DTD 2 1 Right Ankle Sprain -
2008-07-27 2008-07-30 DTD 3 3 Right Ankle Sprain -
2008-04-22 2008-04-25 DTD 3 3 Left Groin Strain -
2008-03-09 2008-03-11 Camp 2 0 Upper Back Spasms -
2007-07-31 2007-09-10 15-DL 41 37 Left Ankle Sprain -
2007-06-28 2007-06-28 DTD 0 0 Cramp -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 ANA $
2016 CLE $7,500,000
2016 ATL $6,500,000
2015 CLE $13,500,000
2014 CLE $13,500,000
2013 CLE $7,000,000
2012 ATL $6,845,000
2011 HOU $4,400,000
2010 HOU $2,400,000
2009 HOU $434,500
2008 HOU $396,000
2007 PHI $380,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$62,855,500
10 yrTotal$62,855,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 3 dBoras Corp.1 year (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 2/21/17 (minor-league contract). Salary of $2M in majors. May earn additional $3.5M in performance bonuses based on plate appearances. Released by Baltimore 3/27/17 (exercised right to opt out). Re-signed by Baltimore as a free agent 4/10/17 (minor-league contract). Released by Baltimore 5/24/17. Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 6/2/17 (minor-league contract). Released by LA Angels 7/2/17.
  • 4 years/$48M (2013-16), plus 2017 vesting option. Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 2/11/13. 13:$7M, 14:$13.5M, 15:$13.5M, 16:$14M, 17:$12M vesting option (guaranteed with 550 plate appearances in 2016). Acquired by Atlanta in trade from Cleveland 8/7/15. (Indians to pay Braves $15M to cover a portion of the 2016 salaries for Bourn and Nick Swisher.) DFA by Atlanta 4/2/16. Released by Atlanta 4/9/16. Signed by Toronto as a free agent 4/22/16 (minor-league contract). Released by Toronto 5/9/16. Signed by Arizona as a free agent 5/10/16 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Arizona 5/15/16. Acquired by Baltimore in trade from Arizona 8/31/16.
  • 1 year/$6.845M (2012). Signed by Atlanta 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration). Atlanta made qualifying offer for 2013 (1 year/$13.3M) 11/2/12.
  • 1 year/$4.4M (2011). Re-signed by Houston 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Atlanta in trade from Houston 7/31/11.
  • 1 year/$2.4M (2010). Re-signed 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.4345M (2009). Re-signed by Houston 2/10/09.
  • 1 year/$0.396M (2008). Signed by Houston 2/08.
  • 1 year/$0.38M (2007). Re-signed by Philadelphia 2/07. Acquired by Houston in trade from Philadelphia 11/7/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by Philadelphia 11/06. Optioned to Triple-A 3/06. Recalled 7/06. Optioned 3/06. Recalled 7/06 Optioned 7/06. Recalled 8/06. Optioned 8/06. Recalled 9/06.
  • Drafted by Philadelphia 2003 (4-115) (University of Houston). $0.299M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 380 48 86 13 4 8 38 43 79 15 6 .262 .351 .399 96 14.4 1.5
80o 361 44 78 12 3 7 35 39 77 14 6 .249 .336 .374 88 9.2 1.0
70o 348 41 73 11 3 7 32 37 75 13 5 .242 .328 .368 83 5.8 0.6
60o 336 38 69 11 3 6 30 34 74 12 5 .235 .318 .355 78 3.1 0.3
50o 325 36 65 10 3 6 29 32 72 11 5 .228 .309 .347 74 0.7 0.1
40o 314 34 60 9 3 5 27 30 71 10 4 .217 .298 .326 70 -1.5 -0.2
30o 302 32 56 9 2 5 25 28 69 10 4 .210 .289 .315 65 -3.7 -0.4
20o 289 30 52 8 2 5 23 26 67 9 4 .203 .281 .309 60 -6.1 -0.7
10o 270 27 45 7 2 4 21 23 64 8 3 .188 .263 .283 52 -9.0 -1.0
Weighted Mean32837661036293373115.230.313.348751.40.2

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-05-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Mallex Smith the future CF for Atlanta? What kind of impact can he have at the big league level?
(Brian from Orlando)
I don't think so, I have too many questions about the tools outside of the speed. Maybe he becomes the good version of Michael Bourn, but I think fourth outfielder who can impact the game with his wheels is a more likely scenario. (Christopher Crawford)
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)Now Michael Bourn is off DL, I need to ditch someone. Is it worth persisting with Grady Size more, or should I expect more of a return from Bourn?
(Gav from England)
Is there no one else you can drop? I guess I'd take Bourn between those two, just because Sizemore will probably get hurt again, but I feel like there must be a worse option for you to cut. (Ben Carsley)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)I just sold Michael Bourn for Ben Revere, Roberto Osuna, and Jonathan Pettibone in my 16 team mixed dynasty h2h league. Did I yield enough? We can keep all our players and have 40 man rosters that include 20 minors slots. I'm loaded with bats, and have iffy pitching with Homer Baily as my ace. Thoughts?
(Eric from Iowa)
That's a pretty good return right there. I think Pettibone can develop into a useful piece, especially in your deep league. (Paul Sporer)
2013-06-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Now that Cleveland have regressed to their mean, do we see Michael Bourn being traded for some prospects and to whom?
(boatman44 from Liverpool)
Don't close the door on the 2013 Indians just yet, because of this fact: https://twitter.com/MLBastian/status/343836504960933888. They may have the easiest schedule in baseball the rest of the way, and that might be enough to help them contend for a spot in the wild card playoff. They're closer to contention than they were at this time a year ago, so I don't expect Bourn to be shopped this year. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who gets more steals this year: Dee Gordon or Michael Bourn? And who should I play at 2B: Everth Cabrera or Matt Carpenter?
(Mark from Ky.)
Bourn/Carp (Paul Sporer)
2013-03-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)In the annual you guys said "landing in Cleveland was a godsend" for me, but then the Tribe went ahead and signed that Michael Bourn fellow. Where does that leave me in terms of playing time this year?
(Drew Stubbs from Cleveland)
Struggling for it, if you hit like 2012. If the removal of your leg kick does something, you should get lots of time in right. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Leonys Martin, thought?
(grandslam28 from Chicago)
I think he's got a shot to be a nice everyday center fielder. Guessing he'll push Craig Gentry for considerable playing time in short order, and is a big reason why the Rangers never became serious players for Michael Bourn. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-02-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)What is the Mets outfield going to look like on opening day?
(Alek from New York)
Essentially as it looks right now, as frightening a thought as that might seem. It seems that Alderson is content with his current outfield, after whiffing on Michael Bourn and Justin Upton, and it makes little sense to ship out a prospect for short-term help in a rebuilding year. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-02-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on the mess in OF for the Mets? Does Jordany Valdespin have a real chance at close to 400 AB's? And, if so, what will his production look like? Thanks...
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
BP is only projecting 280-something ABs for Valdespin right now, and that's without accounting for this potential Michael Bourn craziness. We're also projecting a .241 TAv, which is simply not good enough for a corner OF spot. I see him strictly as a utility guy on a very poor ballclub. (Ian Miller)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Michael Bourn an upgrade over me?
(Leonys Martin from Texas)
I'm a Martin fan. Give him a chance in CF and see what happens. You have the pieces to make a deal over the summer if the experiment is a total failure. That's the beauty of a deep farm system. (Jason Parks)
2013-01-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm surprised that Michael Bourn hasn't been signed yet. I'm assuming Boras is to blame. Do you think there's a chance that the Astros might try to pick him up or do you think they'll stick with their young players (not that Bourn is old)?
(dev1astros from Houston)
I can't see the Astros committing that % of payroll to one player. He'd probably cost more than half of their current 2013 payroll. (Zachary Levine)
2013-01-14 14:00:00 (link to chat)When do you see the "Draft Pick Three" signing? (I am talking about Kyle Lohse, Michael Bourn, and Rafael Soriano).
(Steve G. from STL)
I'll say Lohse and Bourn sign at the end of this month and Soriano signs in early February. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-01-14 14:00:00 (link to chat)Off the top of your head. Who has a better season Ben Revere or Michael Bourn?
(Josh from Philly)
Bourn. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-01-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rafael Soriano and Michael Bourn are still unsigned. When will we see some action on either front?
(Shaun from Redwood)
Your guess is as good as mine, I'd imagine things will pick up steam shortly, but I'm not sure. (Josh Shepardson)
2013-01-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)Michael Bourn is still out there, should Detroit sign him for the last OF hole? The only downside is they lose yet another draft pick. How much of a difference would that make their farm system ratings?
(DetroitDale from Florida (eternal spring training))
I'm not sure I'd advocate the move, but I can see it happening, particularly if Boras wanted a one-year deal so he could hit the market with Bourn again next year. It makes a bit of sense and would make for a really, really good top of the order with Jackson and an outstanding defensive outfield with Jackson and Hunter. The Tigers have the 38th pick in the draft thanks to their trade with the Marlins. I'm not sure losing the 21st pick would be the end of the world for them. (Mark Anderson)
2012-11-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see the Reds doing anything on the offensive side this offseason? I expect Todd Frazier to be the 3b, but what happens at SS, CF, and LF?
(Rockford from Flowmont)
Thanks for stopping by, Rockford. After watching GABP help Ryan Ludwick to turn back into a serviceable everyday player, I think the Reds will go with a low-cost option in left, and possibly just bring back Ludwick if his price tag doesn't bloat too much. I also wouldn't expect them to give up on Zack Cozart so quickly, especially because he did amass 1.4 WARP last year, even with a .288 OBP. Given the depth of the outfield market, there might be a center fielder who fits the Reds' budget, so that's the position I think Jocketty will be most tempted to address. If Angel Pagan, B.J. Upton, and Michael Bourn all price themselves out of the Reds' range, Shane Victorino might be an intriguing option. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-08-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is there a way to Improve the Phillies hitting without dumping their star pitching
(Dan R from New York)
Yup. Buster Olney had an executive link the Phillies to Michael Bourn yesterday (or the day before). Ruben Amaro Jr. always seems to pull off something creative. I wouldn't be surprised if he does it again this winter and gets a hitter. Although only the Phillies know what their financial limits are, so perhaps they'll be forced to trade a starter. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-08-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think the Barves should do re: Michael Bourn (possible replacement if he leaves?)? Also, McCann long-term extension is a bad idea, right?
(Tony from Atlanta)
I think I'd let Bourn walk, but there's a reason I'm not a general manager. Aging speed guys terrify me and I'd be hesitant to allocate a large chunk of future payrolls to a guy whose game is largely reliant upon his legs, especially if I'm working with the limitations the Braves have. As for McCann... I was talking with R.J. Anderson about him yesterday and had completely forgotten how awesome his age-22 season was (.333/.388/.572). That's comparable to what Posey is doing this year (+3 years). That said, aging catchers make me squeamish. Maybe not as squeamish as aging speed guys, but they're in the same general area of squeam. Atlanta will almost certainly exercise their 2013 option on McCann and, depending upon the progress Bethancourt makes next year, could let him walk thereafter. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-03-08 15:00:00 (link to chat)Along the lines of underrated talent, what do you think Brandon Beachy will do this year? Scouting guys seem to predict a regression, but numbers guys seem to think he's legit.
(Hot Sauce Boss from Texas)
Every year I've got a couple of players who end up on virtually every fantasy team I draft, and Brandon Beachy -- for better or worse -- is likely to be one of them this year. The lack of a consistent third pitch worries me a bit, but the stuff he does have is vicious, and having Michael Bourn in center is a boon to his fly ball-heavy style. Put me down for a 3.50-3.70 ERA and 200 strikeouts. (Daniel Rathman)
2011-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)The ESPN Player Rater weighs the contribution of each player's statistical output as the percentage of that of the entire MLB player pool. Do you think this in effect gives too much weight to stolen bases? For instance, Michael Bourn ranks 16th overall. Or are stolen bases truly that valuable?
(Andrew from Las Vegas)
While I've never actually checked the numbers, I would guess that it does. It would be much better if they used a theoretical player pool for the league depth. Since steals are more scarce than, say, home runs, my guess is that the vast majority of players who contribute steals get owned in a large percentage of leagues. While a guy like Nyjer Morgan might be owned in a lot of leagues, a guy like Miguel Olivo or Raul Ibanez whose primary contribution is home runs might not be. This means that the MLB player pool is more representative of the fantasy player pool for SB than it is for HR. The ESPN Rater would be acting as if more HRs are in play than there actually are, reducing their value and raising value of SB correspondingly. (Derek Carty)
2011-08-26 16:00:00 (link to chat)How much sabermetrics does the braves organization incorporate into the evaluation process?
(Nate from Maryland)
Every decision we make involves sabermetrics to some degree. Veteran scouts like Jim Fregosi and Dom Chiti might not use words like WAR or wOBA when we are discussing players, but the general principles of those statistics apply in every conversation. When we analyzed Michael Bourn those scouts said their eyes told them that he was one of the best defensive players and best baserunners in baseball. That's the same thing the advanced statistics we use here at the Braves told us. Our scouts are often in line with sabermetrics -- even if it's unintentional. Better than that, they are willing to listen to somebody like me drone on about things like BABIP or Line Drive %. We use a mix of both but we are blessed with outstanding scouts. (John Coppolella)
2011-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did the Astros trade Hunter for Pence on the pound sterling? Feel free to use that one. What one? (Simpsons reference)
(Tbirds from Seattle)
Joke and Simpsons reference aside, the Astros got a very nice return on Pence. Kevin Goldstein had both Jarred Cosart and Jonathan Singleton among his top five prospects traded at the deadline, with Josh Zied among his potential sleepers. By comparison, the Astros got only one of the top 10 prospects dealt in the Michael Bourn deal (Brett Oberholtzer) plus one sleeper (Paul Clemens) AND they had to take on Jordan Schafer, who is the most obvious Astro in the history of obviousness. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Better Fantasy Year: Michael Bourn or Denard Span?
(TOny from Alb)
I'd rather have Span. He's a better hitter in a much better lineup, so he should outperform Bourn in four categories. 30 steals is big, but so are 30 batting average points and 30 Runs+RBI. (Jeremy Greenhouse)
2010-03-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Houston's Ed Wade is slowly crafting together another championship team in Houston like he did in Philly? I see he drafted his catcher and shortstop of the future in Castro and Meier. It's like when he was in Philly and Rolen and Rollins were drafted. Then Mr. Wade added parts over the years until he reached the top. Thoughts?
(Rube from Philly)
It was briefly fashionable in sabermetric circles to deride the acquisition of Michael Bourn, but I don't mind at all the suggestion that Wade's accumulating up-the-middle talent, and nobody's laughing quite so hard now that Bourn seems to have come into his own. The question is, having bought himself time and credibility by giving it a go with what he inherited (to little point, predictably, but he tried), will the talent he's adding arrive in time to help the core he inherited? The answer to that should be a clear 'no,' not with Roy Oswalt talking about two more years, Lance Berkman showing signs of wear, and Carlos Lee heading into his age-34 season. Instead, the challenge is going to be whether Castro and Mier are the centerpieces of the next good Astros team... which good as they might be as prospects, isn't the same as saying they've got Tulo and Buster Posey. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-06-03 15:00:00 (link to chat)Jacoby Ellsbury: is this it? Is this as good as he's gonna be? He's looking eerily like Michael Bourn, except about 9 months younger.
(johnpark99 from Boston)
Oh, I'm sorry. You were expecting him to hit .353 again? That's not going to happen.

While he's got speed galore, right now it seems rather apparent that he lacks the power and plate discipline to live up to the early Johnny Damon comparisons. He's walked in less than six percent of his plate apperances, for crying out loud. He's the Juan Pierre of the AL East! (Jay Jaffe)


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