Remember how the offseason before 2013 was some of the busiest the Indians have had in recent memory? Bourn and Swisher were the main reasons for that. The Indians played well in 2012 but they needed something extra to get them into the playoffs. So, we acquired Bourn for a gargantuan sum of $48 million dollars for four years and we paid Swisher an even larger $56 million for the same amount of years. Even from the get-go this seemed to be a lot for these two, but nonetheless, I was glad to have them on board.
2013 was a mixed bag of results for our highly paid duo. Swisher started off rather slow but finished off the year with 22 homers, good for most on the team. However, he often struck out and carried a batting average of .246. Overall, his first year on the team wasn’t terrible and he definitely contributed to the team offensively and did a respectable job at first base. Michael Bourn dealt with a few injuries during his first season with the Indians, which slowed him down significantly. He finished the year with 23 steals, which isn’t horrendous, but still rather subpar for Michael Bourn’s caliber. He did lead the team with 7 triples and also was a solid outfielder in his own right. That season, the Indians made the playoffs for the first time since 2007, albeit with a quick one and out loss to Tampa Bay. So alright, we had something with these guys, most of us thought. We saw some progress with this Indians squad.
Enter this season, 2015. Swisher started the season on the disabled list with his knees still not at 100%. When he came back, he played only in 30 games, produced two homeruns, and was at a miniscule .198 batting average. Things were not looking good for him this year, and the Tribe finally had seen enough, prompting to package him with Michael Bourn in a trade. Bourn, however, was seeing some kind of resurgence before being shipped off. He already had 13 stolen bases on the year and was making amazeballs plays in the outfield. It really looked like he was regaining his form, which maybe is why the Indians took the opportunity to trade him.
At the end of the day, it just didn’t work out here for Bourn and Swish. They tried their best, had good attitudes about being here but it just didn’t amount to a whole lot. Unfortunately, cases like these show why it’s dangerous to overpay for players, especially in baseball. Still, I have no ill feelings toward Nick and Mike and hope to see them rebound in Atlanta.
Good luck, guys!