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Indians, Michael Bourn reportedly agree to 4-year deal 02.12.13 at 9:52 am ET
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Free agent outfielder Michael Bourn apparently is headed to the Indians. (AP)

The Indians and outfielder Michael Bourn have agreed to terms on a four-year, $48 million contract on Monday, according to multiple reports. Bourn was considered to be the most coveted free agent hitter remaining on the market. This is another big acquisition for the Indians this offseason, as they signed Nick Swisher to a four-year, $56 million deal in January.

Bourn is a two-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner. With the Braves last year, he hit .274 with nine home runs, 57 RBIs, and 42 steals while making the National League All-Star team. The deal is pending a physical, which Bourn is expected to take later this week in Goodyear, Ariz.

The acquisition of the speedster will cost the Indians picks in June’s amateur draft, but the deal should help Cleveland close the gap on the division-rival Tigers.

Bourn is a career .272 hitter and most likely will form the starting outfield with Swisher and Michael Brantley. The Indians have been extremely active this offseason, also signing Jason Giambi and Daisuke Matsuzaka to minor league deals. Matsuzaka’s deal is pending a physical.

The team is coming off of a disappointing 68-94 campaign, but beginning with the hiring of new manager Terry Francona, the team looks on paper to be much improved.

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Indians teammates welcome back Roberto Hernandez (formerly Fausto Carmona) 07.23.12 at 1:29 pm ET
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Roberto Hernandez

The player formerly known as Fausto Carmona is back with the Indians.

Roberto Hernandez was arrested in his home country of the Dominican Republic during the offseason for identity fraud. After receiving a visa on Saturday, Hernandez rejoined the Indians Sunday, just three months after the start of the season, but three years older than he had been listed in 2011.

Led by former Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson, Hernandez’s teammates welcomed the 31-year-old back by giving him three birthday cakes to make up the difference in age between Hernandez and Carmona.

Hernandez won’t be eligible to start for the Tribe until Aug. 11, as he will be serving a three-week suspension.

In 2011, Hernandez posted a 5.25 ERA in 32 starts with the Indians. The big righty owns a 53-66 record and a 4.59 ERA over six seasons in the majors.

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Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana need to be separated in dugout argument 08.12.11 at 9:38 am ET
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Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana of the Indians got into an argument in their dugout Thursday night, one heated enough that starting pitcher Fausto Carmona had to step between them, Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reported Thursday.

Primarily a catcher, Santana has struggled the last two nights at first base, dropping throws in each game that have led to a combined four unearned runs.

Manager Manny Acta spoke with both players after the incident, and Santana hit a three-run home run later in Thursday’s game. The Indians still lost 4-3 to the Tigers.

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Report: Manny Acta calls acquiring Mike Cameron ‘interesting’ 06.30.11 at 4:14 pm ET
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Maybe Mike Cameron won’t have to wait long to find a new home, if he even decides he wants to find a new one.

The latest rumor out of Cleveland is that team manager Manny Acta told ESPN Deportes’ Enrique Rojas that Cameron, who was just designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Thursday, would be an “interesting veteran” for the team to  acquire, according to the translation of the latter’s Spanish Twitter page. The Indians is without starting right fielder Shin-Soo Choo for 8-10 weeks after he underwent thumb surgery this week.

Acta also told Rojas that Melvin Mora would be someone he’d be interested in after the third baseman was cut by the Diamondbacks Wednesday.

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Report: Cubs most overrated MLB team, says Las Vegas 06.14.11 at 8:49 am ET
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As if Cubs fans needed more to gripe about when it comes to their woeful baseball squad.

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, the team from Chicago’s North Side is the most overrated major-league team if you were to ask the people who set the Las Vegas sportsbooks. The Cubs have won 34 fewer games since 2006 than the people in Sin City expected them to, beating out the Pirates and Indians who won 29 and 27 fewer games respectively.

The most underrated team? That would be both the Marlins and Twins, who both have 29 more games than Vegas predicted them winning.

The report notes that projected win totals are based on public perception and can change based on the amount of betting one way or another.

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Indians outfielder Shin-Shoo Choo wins gold, earns military exemption 11.19.10 at 11:28 am ET
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Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has struck gold in more ways than one. According to an MLB.com report, Choo and South Korea defeated Taiwan, 9-3, to earn the gold medal at the Asian Games on Friday.

Of particular note is the fact that the medal earns Choo and the rest of his teammates exemption from their home country’s required military service. According to Korean military regulations, athletes will receive an exemption from 30 months of military conscription if they capture a gold medal in the Asian Games

Choo’s budding talents were on full display throughout the series. Over five games in the tournament, Choo hit at a .571 (8-for-14) clip with three home runs, six walks, eight runs scored and 11 RBIs for his team, including a 2-for-4, two RBIs and stolen base performance in the championship. The 28-year old hit .300 with 22 home runs, 90 RBIs and 22 stolen bases in 144 games for Cleveland last year.

I am kind of dreaming right now,” said Choo. If I [told you I] didn’t “think about the military service, I might be a liar.”

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