The Diamondbacks have signed center fielder Michael Bourn to a minor league deal, per a club announcement. He’ll be assigned to Double-A to start with Arizona.
Bourn, 33, was cut loose by the Blue Jays over the weekend after previously receiving his release from the Braves. The veteran will only cost his new team a pro-rated portion of the league minimum salary, as the final year of his free agent contract with the Indians remains on Atlanta’s payroll.
It’s been quite some time since Bourn was a productive regular, but the D-Backs will hope there’s still a renaissance left. Arizona has struggled to fill in for injured star A.J. Pollock, who left a massive void in center field and isn’t expected back any time soon.
At his best, Bourn was a major threat on the bases, excellent defender, and good-enough hitter who conveyed plenty of overall value. But he’s mostly been injured and/or ineffective since going to Cleveland after a strong 2012 walk year.
Bourn will still need to earn another major league opportunity, and has to climb the ladder a bit after playing only at the High-A level in the Toronto organization. In his 41 plate appearances there, he put up a solid but hardly exciting .257/.366/.371 batting line and swiped one base in a single attempt.
Why do teams keep doing this?