In a move that’s a long time coming, indians manager Terry Francona informed center fielder Michael Bourn that he’ll be benched against left-handed pitching.
Bourn, a left-handed hitter, has batted just .248 with a .632 OPS off lefties for his career, compared to .275 with a .716 OPS off righties. And he’s 39-for-180 (.217) versus lefties since the beginning of last season.
When combined with his declining speed and range in center field Bourn’s production against right-handed pitching has also been weak enough to potentially just bench him, period, but the Indians owe the 32-year-old former All-Star about $25 million through 2016.
Cleveland signing Bourn and Nick Swisher to a pair of big contracts totaling $104 million prior to the 2013 season has worked out very, very badly.