Michael Bourn is hoping for another shot in the major leagues, but the odds are stacked against him as a 35-year-old whose game relies upon speed. He was twice released in 2017 from the Triple-A teams of the Orioles and the Angels after he did very little for both clubs. Even if he were to make a club, he has not stolen 20 bases since the 2013 season and his defensive abilities were already in decline. These types of players are handy to have around to mentor younger players, but the new contract rules make minor-league invites a little more serious than in years past. He may be a nice story for some team in spring training, but there is little reason to hope for a return to relevance.
Bourn was released by the Angels on Sunday. His pro career appears to be coming to a close. Bourn has hit .248/.335/.350 across stops with Triple-A affiliates of the Angels and Orioles, and he no longer provides valuable outfield defense.
Bourn signed a minor-league contract with the Angels on Friday, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports. Bourn was released by the Orioles in late May, but given the Angels' precarious outfield situation, the two sides seemed like a fit. He'll head to Triple-A Salt Lake for now, but he could find his way to the majors to provide reinforcements if he shows any semblance of his former self at the plate with the Bees.
Bourn was released from his minor-league contract with the Orioles on Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Bourn exercised his opt-out clause Tuesday, and given the .220 batting average he produced in 11 games with Triple-A Norfolk, it comes as no surprise that the team opted not to move him up to the big league roster. The 34-year-old's experience could be a calling card in free agency, though his best days are certainly behind him.
Bourn is not traveling with Triple-A Norfolk after utilizing the opt-out clause in his contract Tuesday, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports. The Orioles now have 24 hours to either send the veteran to the big leagues or to grant him his release from the team. As a roster formality, Bourn was sent down to Low-A Aberdeen to clear space on the Tides' roster, but more likely than not, he'll likely be heading into free agency. More information on this should be revealed in the next day or so.
Bourn (finger) reported to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Bourn was able to take part in some games at extended spring training for the past week and experienced no issues with his fractured right ring finger, prompting the team to clear him for minor-league action. It's expected that Bourn will play at least a handful of games with Norfolk before the Orioles determine whether he's worthy of a spot on the 25-man roster. If the Orioles decide to purchase Bourn's contract, he'd likely serve in a backup capacity in the team's outfield.