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Akron Beacon Journal Aug 15, 2015

Marla Ridenour: Burden lifted by trade of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, Indians find energy and perhaps their identity

CLEVELAND: For over four months, all the Indians’ hitters fed off of was each other’s misery.Then came the stunning trade of Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher to the Atlanta Braves on Aug. 7.In the next three games, the Indians totaled 34 runs. In the next five games, they churned out 47. Going into Saturday, they’d reached 64 runs for the month, and that included two days off. Magnifying those numbers was the fact that they managed just 79 runs in March/April and June.It appears that the departure of Bourn and Swisher, expensive free agents who brought the Indians little more than a...
Akron Beacon Journal Aug 9, 2015
Indians receive strong debuts from outfielder Abraham Almonte, reliever Shawn Armstrong

Indians receive strong debuts from outfielder Abraham Almonte, reliever Shawn Armstrong

CLEVELAND: The Indians were the recipients of two solid debuts in Saturday night’s 17-4 thrashing of the Minnesota Twins. One was loud and even historic. One was quiet, and most likely went unnoticed by many. But they both left the Indians with some positive vibes. The first was by Abraham Almonte, making his Indians debut. He was acquired from the San Diego Padres in exchange for relief pitcher Marc Rzepczynski prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. After being assigned to Triple-A, Almonte was called up to Cleveland after Michael Bourn was traded to Atlanta and Tyler Holt was...
Plain Dealer Aug 9, 2015

When Cleveland Indians signed Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, I was all for it -- Terry Pluto (photos)

Signing Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn was needed by the Cleveland Indians back in 2013.
Akron Beacon Journal Aug 8, 2015

Ryan Lewis: Indians’ trade of Swisher, Bourn shows the team wasn’t content with waiting

CLEVELAND: The three trades the Indians made around the July 31 deadline didn’t signal a full fire-sale, but it did show that the team had started to turn its collective eye toward the 2016 season.The salary-shredding deal the Indians completed on Friday, in-which they unloaded the hefty contracts of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn — along with sending a reported $15 million in cash — to the Atlanta Braves for infielder Chris Johnson, signaled that they wanted to make sure they had the means to take advantage of their chance to contend next year.The bottom line is that the Indians...
Plain Dealer Aug 8, 2015

Swisher-Bourn deal lifts a cloud but sky's hardly the limit for the Indians -- Bud Shaw's Sports Spin

The Cleveland Indians got out from under the contracts of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn by trading them both to Atlanta but it's hardly a game-changer for the Tribe -- Bud Shaw's Sports Spin.
Plain Dealer Aug 8, 2015

Will someone still pay price for Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn contracts?

In a deal for bad contracts, the Indians sent Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn and $11 million to Atlanta for Chris Johnson. Swisher and Bourn will make a combined $29 million next year. Johnson will make $17.5 over the next three years.
Plain Dealer Aug 7, 2015

Cleveland Indians 'move forward' with trade of Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn to Atlanta

Swisher and Bourn would have earned a combined $29 million next season, an estimated one-third of the organization's payroll.
Chronicle-Telegram Aug 7, 2015

Indians notes: TYraded veterans Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn say they have no idea why season went bad

CLEVELAND — On the way out of the door after being traded to Atlanta on Friday, departing veterans Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn were asked what went wrong for the Indians this season. Cleveland was picked by many to contend for a Central Division title, with Sports Illustrated going as far as making the Indians Read More... The post Indians notes: TYraded veterans Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn say they have no idea why season went bad appeared first on Chronicle-Telegram. Click here to read this story on The Chronicle-Telegram.Content copyright The Chronicle-Telegram. Your #1 source for...
Plain Dealer Aug 7, 2015

Cleveland Indians scribbles about trading Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, moves that had to be made -- Terry Pluto (photos)

The Cleveland Indians saved about $4 million trading Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, and also cleared roster spots.
Chronicle-Telegram Aug 7, 2015

Indians trade Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn and cash to Braves for Chris Johnson

CLEVELAND — Indians fans got their wish times two. Underachieving and highly paid players Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn were traded to the Atlanta Braves on Friday, with Cleveland acquiring infielder Chris Johnson in return. The Indians also sent $10 million to the Braves as part of a deal that continues Cleveland’s trend of planning Read More... The post Indians trade Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn and cash to Braves for Chris Johnson appeared first on Chronicle-Telegram. Click here to read this story on The Chronicle-Telegram.Content copyright The Chronicle-Telegram. Your #1 source for...
Plain Dealer Aug 7, 2015

Cleveland Indians trade Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn to Atlanta Braves for Chris Johnson

On Friday, the Indians dealt both Swisher and Bourn -- and a pocketful of cash -- to the Atlanta Braves. In return, Cleveland received infielder Chris Johnson.
Plain Dealer Aug 7, 2015
Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn reflect on falling short of expectations with Cleveland Indians

Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn reflect on falling short of expectations with Cleveland Indians

Following their trades to the Atlanta Braves, ex-Indians Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn talked Friday about their frustration at not being able to get Cleveland back to the playoffs following a 2013 run.
Plain Dealer Aug 7, 2015
Fans react on social media as Cleveland Indians trade Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn to Atlanta

Fans react on social media as Cleveland Indians trade Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn to Atlanta

See reaction on social media from Cleveland Indians fans as the team announces trades of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn to Atlanta.
News-Herald Aug 7, 2015
Cleveland Indians: Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn dealt to Atlanta Braves

Cleveland Indians: Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn dealt to Atlanta Braves

The Cleveland Indians have traded infielder/designated hitter Nick Swisher, outfielder Michael Bourn, and cash to the Atlanta Braves for infielder Chris Johnson, the team has confirmed.More on this story soon.
Akron Beacon Journal Aug 7, 2015

Indians trade Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn and cash to Atlanta Braves for Chris Johnson

The Indians pulled off a major trade Friday afternoon that will move two of its more disappointing and highly-paid players off the books. The Indians and Atlanta Braves agreed to a deal that will send outfielder Nick Swisher, outfielder Michael Bourn and cash in exchange for infielder Chris Johnson. Swisher and Bourn were the two highest players on the roster, though both had underperformed. Swisher was set to make $15 million next season and Bourn was set to make $14 million, which made up more than one-third of the team's total payroll. Both players also had vesting options for 2017,...

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