If center fielder Michael Bourn’s reported deal with Cleveland goes through, there will be no benefit in it for the Texas Rangers. Cleveland’s first-round pick in this year’s draft — No. 5 overall — is protected. By signing Bourn, the Indians gave up their “competitive balance” pick following the second round. The Indians previously gave up their second-round pick for signing free-agent outfielder Steve Swisher. The Indians sacrificed the picks because the former clubs of Bourn and Swisher made qualifying offers. The picks vanish. The Rangers made a qualifying offer to outfielder Josh Hamilton, who signed with the Los Angeles Angels. The Rangers currently will receive pick No. 31 as compensation for losing Hamilton. The Rangers would move up one spot if free-agent right-hander Kyle Lohse signs with a club that did not finish among the 10 worst records last season, as long as the club is not St. Louis or the Rangers.
Bourn signing no help to Texas Rangers
Dallas Morning News | Feb 12