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Bourn Signing Reaction (News and Notes 2/12)

The baseball world reacts to the Michael Bourn signing, Reds avoid arbitration with LGFT Choo, and MLB's first female major league scout has died at age 100.

Your new centerfielder, Michael Bourn
Your new centerfielder, Michael Bourn
Bob Levey

The Michael Bourn signing from many angles:

Indian winter: In big surprise, Cleveland steals Bourn from Mets - | The Indians made themselves even more interesting with yet another big deal, as the Mets could muster no more than a conditional offer.

Michael Bourn gets four-year, $48 million contract from busy Indians | News | Michael Bourn is neither New York- nor Chicago-bound and instead agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal with the Indians, a source confirmed to on Monday.

Cleveland Indians reach agreement with free agent Michael Bourn on a four-year, $48 million deal | |
The Indians made their second big free-agent acquisition of the winter by reaching a $48 million deal with outfielder Michael Bourn.

Source: Bourn, Mets had deal structure - Mets Blog - ESPN New York | The Mets offered Michael Bourn a near-identical contract to the four-year, $48 million deal to which he has agreed with the Cleveland Indians.

NY Mets fall short in landing free agent outfielder Michael Bourn as he signs with Cleveland Indians - NY Daily News | Thirty-year-old All-Star Michael Bourn signed a four-year $48 million contract with the Cleveland Indians Monday, leaving the Mets with question marks in their outfield.

Addition of Michael Bourn — along with newcomers Nick Swisher and manager Terry Francona — is more evidence Cleveland Indians will matter in 2013 - MLB News | FOX Sports on MSN | Monday's addition of Michael Bourn — to along with earlier additions Nick Swisher and manager Terry Francona — is more evidence the Cleveland Indians will matter in 2013, says FOXSports.coms Ken Rosenthal.

And a little more about the new field boss: Terry Francona on wearing Indians uniform: As proud as I've ever been - : Just how good is Terry Francona feeling these days? Good enough to start his day before just about anyone else in Goodyear, Ariz.

Around the league:

Reds, Shin-Soo Choo avoid arbitration with one-year contract - | The Reds have signed outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to a one-year, $7.375 million contract, avoiding arbitration.

Shin-Soo Choo doesn't sound confident in position change - | For now, Choo doesn't sound very confident about the move.

And finally:

Edith Houghton, trailblazing female baseball scout for Philadelphia Phillies, dies at 100 - NY Daily News
Edith Houghton, one of the first female scouts in Major League Baseball, has died at the age of 100. After a playing career that included a stint with the Philadelphia Bobbies, Houghton worked for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1946-52, and also had a decorated career in the military.