CLEVELAND — Free agent outfielder Michael Bourn has agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract with the Cleveland Indians.
Bourn, an All-Star with Atlanta last season, must pass a physical later this week in Goodyear, Ariz., before the deal can be completed. Bourn batted .274 with nine homers, 57 RBIs and 42 steals last season for the Braves.
As long as there isn’t a hangup, the 30-year-old Bourn, who has remained on the market all winter, will move into the Indians’ starting lineup. He played center field last season and would give an immediate boost to a Cleveland team that has reloaded with the acquisition of free agent Nick Swisher, manager Terry Francona and starter Brett Myers.
Fox Sports first reported Bourn’s deal.
Fowler agrees to two-year deal: In Denver, speedy outfielder Dexter Fowler and the Colorado Rockies avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $11.6 million contract.
The 26-year-old Fowler gets $3.25 million this year and $7.35 million in 2014. He also will receive a $1 million signing bonus, payable within 15 days of his contract being approved by Major League Baseball. The Rockies announced the deal Monday.
Fowler is coming off a season in which he posted career highs in batting average (.300), RBIs (53), home runs (13) and games (143). Even more, Fowler’s speed allows him to track down many a fly ball while playing center at spacious Coors Field.
He was selected by Colorado in the 14th round of the 2004 draft.
The Rockies will hold their first full workout Sunday.
Choo agrees to one-year contract: In Cincinnati, outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and the Reds have agreed on a one-year contract for $7,375,000.
Choo made $4.9 million last season with Cleveland, which traded him to the Reds as part of a three-team deal in December. The Reds plan to start him in center field in place of Drew Stubbs — who went to the Indians — and bat him leadoff.
He had asked for $8 million in arbitration, and the Reds had offered $6.75 million.
Choo filed for the highest figure among the six Reds in arbitration.
Madson dealing with elbow soreness: In Tempe, Ariz., Angels manager Mike Scioscia was not surprised closer Ryan Madson had elbow soreness in his rehabilitation from reconstructive surgery.
Madson, the team’s free-agent acquisition, who hasn’t pitched since 2011 said that he suffered a setback while throwing on Feb. 1.
Scioscia called the pain flare-up a part of the “normal rehab process” and that he expects Madsen to be pitching “at some point in April.”
“I think first and foremost (of importance) is Ryan getting through his rehab,” Scioscia said. “He’s obviously at the last stages of his rehab to where he’s on the mound throwing.”
“Some days he’s going to move ahead. Sometimes rehabbing is up and down. We expect him at some point in April. ... He’s a guy that obviously is important to us. We have to error on the side of caution.”
Madson, who signed a one-year incentive-laden contract with the Angels, said he was disappointed, but expected to be ready by the season opener on April 1 in Cincinnati.
Madson, who had 32 saves for Philadelphia in 2011, also said that he has not thrown since the Feb. 1 session.
The right-hander is expected to lead a bullpen that struggled last season with an American League high-23 blown saves, a key reason the Angels did not make the playoffs.