He likely will begin the season at Triple-A Columbus, but "could get a look" if
Prior to joining the team, Bourn had compiled five straight seasons with at least 40 steals. Since joining the team, he's stolen 33 bases in two seasons. Injuries have played a role in his decline. Bourn admitted he had some trouble adjusting to the American League in his first season with Cleveland. He tore his hamstring on the final day of the season, and had offseason surgery, but the issue still plagued him in 2014.
Manager Terry Francona agreed, saying "When he gets on base, he has to disrupt the game." Francona added, "he wants to do it really bad, he just wasn't in position to do it the last couple of years. Hopefully, those injuries are limited and he can use his legs because he's a huge part of what we do."
Bourn, 32, hit .257/.314/.360 over 444 at-bats last year.
General manager Mark Shapiro didn't indicate that the two sides were close to a deal, but said Kluber has all the aspects the team looks for when considering a long-term deal. "Corey represents all of the things we look for in players: dependable, reliable person, committed to his work ethic, talented." Shapiro added, "it's something we'll probably look at over the next couple of months. He has all the precursors that we would look for to enter into a multiyear agreement."
The 28-year-old Kluber is set to make the league-minimum next season, and won't be available for arbitration until 2016. He's under team control through 2018, so there's no hurry for either side to agree to a new deal.
Kluber posted a 2.44 ERA over 235 2/3 innings last year.
Murphy said Sunday he got the chance to speak with general manager Chris Antonetti when the team traded for Brandon Moss in December.
"Communication is huge just in general in this game," Murphy said. "It's nice to go into the season knowing how he feels, and I'm sure he's speaking for the front office and the coaching staff. Just having an idea of how they feel about it, and giving me a chance to voice my opinion in how I feel about it, the lines of communication are open. I definitely think that's a good thing. It's kind of hard to know at this point how things are going to fall into place."
Murphy, who hit .262 with eight home runs and 58 RBI in 2014, knows being traded is one option to find playing time.
"I think everybody can logically see that there's only so many spots out there for so many players," Murphy said. "I'm prepared to lose playing time, but not to the point where I'm going to get 150 at-bats. If that's the case, and that's the best-case scenario for them and for me, I'm open to [a trade]. But I feel like this team has a great chance to win, and for that reason, I would love to be here."
Indians manager Terry Francona said recently Murphy will be the right fielder in Cleveland to open the year.
"Well, it's hard to say right now, because we don't know how healthy Swish or Moss are," Francona said. "So right now, Murph's our right fielder. I don't know if that's going to change in the next month or not."
Raburn underwent surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his knee in mid-September. He finished 2014 with a .200/.250/.297 line along with four home runs and 22 RBI in 195 at-bats.
|2014 Team Leaders|
|AVG||Michael Brantley , LF||.327|
|HR||Carlos Santana , 1B||27|
|RBI||Michael Brantley , LF||97|
|OBP||Michael Brantley , LF||.385|
|SLG||Michael Brantley , LF||.506|
|R||Michael Brantley , LF||94|
|SB||Michael Brantley , LF||23|
|W||Corey Kluber , SP||18|
|ERA||Corey Kluber , SP||2.44|
|WHIP||Corey Kluber , SP||1.09|
|K||Corey Kluber , SP||269|
|SV||Cody Allen , RP||24|
|Full Team Statistics|
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