According to Jon Harper of the Daily News, the New York Mets have spoken to the agents of free-agent outfielder, Michael Bourn, and would have a lot more interest in signing the 30-year-old speedster if it would not cost them their 2013 first round pick:
In a post to the Daily News, Harper added:
“The Mets have talked to the agent for free agent speedster Michael Bourn and discussed internally several scenarios how they could make signing the outfielder work, according to someone familiar with the club’s thinking.
It’s unclear how serious the Mets are about Bourn, but the person characterized the possibility of adding him as “not off the table.”
“We don’t want to lose our first-round draft pick,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told The Star-Ledger earlier this month. “We think that’s one of the ways we got into the predicament we’ve had over the past couple of years.”
So, if Alderson does not want to lose his first-round pick (which I don’t blame him for), how do the Mets plan on pursuing Michael Bourn? Apparently, they have decided to argue that they shouldn’t have to forfeit their pick:
Whether MLB decides to in favor of the Mets or not, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports there is “zero chance” the club will sign the former Brave:
Only time will tell if NY will make a serious run at Bourn, or head into Spring Training without signing one Major League free-agent contract this off-season. While I have never been an advocate of signing Bourn — mainly because I don’t feel he is worth losing a first round pick as well as, his age (30), low career on-base percentage (.339), agent (Scott Boras), and unreasonable contract demands — he would fill a major void on the clubs roster. And, with the current outfield being a combination of Lucas Duda, Kirk Niewenhuis, Colin Cowgill, Andrew Brown, and Mike Baxter, the sad truth is Bourn would be an upgrade.
The center fielder posted a .348 obp last season with a .739 ops and 42 stolen bases in 55 attempts:
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