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Michael Bourn rumors intensify; Braves getting ‘more involved’

Jul 30, 2011, 4:08 PM EST

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The Astros might as well continue remaking the team after trading Hunter Pence to Philadelphia, so Michael Bourn could be the next to go.  ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick claims the “Astros’ efforts to move Bourn are picking up steam,” while FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports the Braves are getting “more involved.”

Bourn is hitting .304/.364/.405 this season, and he leads the majors with 39 steals in 46 attempts.  The Reds are also thought to be very interested in him as they look for a true leadoff hitter.

Bourn probably won’t bring as much in return as Pence, in part because he’s only under control for one more year.  He makes $4.4 million this season, and he’s probably looking at a raise to $7 million or so in his final year of arbitration next season.

It was reported earlier Saturday that the Braves were willing to give up left-hander Mike Minor in a Pence deal with the Astros.  If they’re willing to surrender him for Bourn instead, they’d be the heavy favorites here.  The Braves, though, could likely get Coco Crisp instead without surrendering a top prospect.  They’re also in the mix for B.J. Upton.

  1. Kevin S. - Jul 30, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    If the Braves can get Bourn without coughing up one of their top four pitchers, they should do everything they can to double-down and land Quentin. Josh Willingham would be a decent consolation prize.

    • FC - Jul 30, 2011 at 5:03 PM

      Either that or start offering Jobu more rum.

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