Bourn is owed $14 million this season and had a $12 million vesting option in 2017. The Braves decided eating the cash was a better option than letting the 33-year-old veteran ride the pine.
Bourn hit .221, with zero home runs and just 11 RBI last season. Bourn was known as a speedster earlier in his career, while playing for the Houston Astros. From 2009 to 2011, Bourn led MLB with 174 stolen bases. He hasn't stolen more than 20 bases since 2013 and robbed just four bases in 2015.
Drew Stubbs will likely earn the extra outfield spot for Atlanta.
Bourn hit .240, with 12 strikeouts, and 12 hits in 50 at-bats for the Braves during spring training.
The Braves "owe more than $25 million to players who won't be on their Opening Day roster," according to Creg Stephenson of AL.com.