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What does Michael Bourn do now?

Dec 6, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

Michael Bourn AP

It’s safe to say the Twins won’t be getting a Christmas card from Michael Bourn, not after they filled the center field needs of two of his most likely suitors this winter.

With Denard Span in D.C., Ben Revere in Philadelphia, B.J. Upton in Atlanta and Angel Pagan in San Francisco, the market for Bourn is a complete mystery at this point. The Mariners like him, but Josh Hamilton is their top priority and it’s very hard to imagine them signing both. The Phillies won’t be paying Revere much more than the minimum, so theoretically, they could still sign Bourn for center and play Revere in left. However, they’re certainly much more interested in pitching after trading fourth starter Vance Worley for Revere.

The Cubs could be a fallback, as they have plenty of money to spend as they continue their rebuilding efforts. Still, it’d make a lot more sense for them to stay the course and groom Brett Jackson for center than commit $70 million or more to a 30-year-old who will likely be on the decline by the time they’re ready to contend.

Others? The Red Sox could consider a run if they trade Jacoby Ellsbury, but that seems like quite a long shot. The Indians came up with $11 million per year to offer Shane Victorino, but $15 million per year for Bourn would be a taller order. The Mets have the need, but not the money. Same goes for the Reds.

Bourn’s best hope for a big deal right now is for Hamilton to re-sign with the Rangers, leaving the Mariners to pursue their fallback option. Barring that, he might be best off taking a one-year deal and then going back on the market next winter.

  1. tcostant - Dec 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Musical chairs – the music stopped.

    Think long, think wrong…

  2. tuberippin - Dec 6, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Either way his best bet is probably to take a fat one-year deal and hit the market again in 2014. Opens up the possibility of being signed by a contender, for one; secondly, the potential 2014 FA market for outfielders is pretty barren after the top options (guys like Jacoby Ellsbury, S.S. Choo, Curtis Granderson and Hunter Pence).

  3. illadelphiasphinest - Dec 6, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Scott Boras strikes again!!!

  4. thebadguyswon - Dec 6, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Get a new agent. Teams are on to Scott “he’s the best ever at this position” Boras.

    • dcfan4life - Dec 6, 2012 at 8:21 PM

      Scott Boras is always has 1 or 2 guys like Bourne who dont get what they ask. But he is also usually 8/10 on his clients. He has like half the guys in baseball as clients…

  5. chc4 - Dec 6, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Gotta love seeing all these teams call Boras’ bluff. Someone will pony up $ for him but it probably won’t be a contending team.

  6. dluxxx - Dec 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Is this some sort of crazy plan by Terry Ryan? Was Michael Bourn the guy they wanted the whole way? With this rash of moves today I wouldn’t be suprised to see Grienke, Sanches, Bourn and Hamilton all sign with the Twinkies and they shock the world and make the rest of the league look like fools…

    Oh wait, never mind. I think Bourn is probably gonna have to settle for a one year deal or take a lesser deal.

    You snooze you lose man.

    • dluxxx - Dec 6, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      And yes, agian that was sarcasm. They really need to make a font for that.

      • atworkident - Dec 6, 2012 at 5:10 PM

  7. phillyreese215 - Dec 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    same thing happen to ryan madison last year. boras is terrible, they were asking for too much money.

    • xavier46 - Dec 6, 2012 at 7:29 PM

      Who is Ryan Madison?

  8. johnnyb1976 - Dec 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Looks like Cincy on a one year deal. Scott Boras should be proud at how he’s screwed is clients. First madsen now borne

    • Caught Looking - Dec 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      Boras has screweed over clients before. Kenny Rogers and Jason Varitek among them.

  9. kkolchak - Dec 6, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    The problem with Bourn taking a one year deal is that he isn’t getting any younger. He just had his career year at age 29. Any drop off next season will cost him huge bucks.

    • natstowngreg - Dec 6, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      Agreed. Bourn isn’t like Ryan Madson and Dan Haren and other guys who were hurt last season and need to build up their market values.

    • tuberippin - Dec 6, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      Any free agent who is not past his prime and has the option of multi-year versus one-year deals is taking that same risk by accepting a one-year deal.

  10. wintwins - Dec 6, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    “Yes, I know the Twins traded their center fielder. We already crossed the Nationals off our list. WHAT? Their OTHER center fielder? To the Phillies? That… That’s impossible…”
    Scott Boras, earlier today

    • dluxxx - Dec 6, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      Yups. You know it’s a low point in fandom when you’re happy that your home team is screwing Boras by selling off thier assets. At least we’ll get a good look at some youngins this year. Maybe after this year I’ll actually be able to afford season tickets…

      • tuberippin - Dec 6, 2012 at 7:21 PM

        Pretty sure Boras screwed Washington harder than Washington did Boras considering that it was Scott Boras who negotiated Jayson Werth’s 7yr/$126mil contract.

  11. hackerjay - Dec 6, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Has everyone already forgotten about Prince Fielder last year? There was all this talk of Boras losing his touch, and how Fielder was going to take a one year deal. Yeah, we all saw how that worked out.

    I’m no Boras lover, but you can’t count that guy out.

    • jdd428 - Dec 6, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      So are you saying Bourn will just hold out until spring and hope that some OF gets hurt (a la VMart?).

      • xavier46 - Dec 6, 2012 at 7:31 PM

        January 26th isn’t exactly Spring. So, no, that’s probably not what he is saying.

  12. source7769 - Dec 6, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    there is no one going to pay this guy 15 million a year hes not worth it maybe 8m per same with nick” i make my numbers off bad pitching” swisher but some idiot will pay them then whine we need a cap in baseball wouldnt need a cap if they policed themselves

    • tuberippin - Dec 6, 2012 at 7:22 PM

      We get a salary cap in baseball and we will see the same type of labor disputes that have divided the NFL (once with the players, once with the referees), the NHL (twice), and the NBA in recent years.

      • tuberippin - Dec 6, 2012 at 7:23 PM

        Also, a group of teams getting together to “police themselves” is collusion.

  13. APBA Guy - Dec 6, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    It’s premature to be writing Bourn’s market off completely. Boras may be overreaching on both years and dollars, but this market has shown a willingness to put out bigger dollars for shorter contracts. Bourn might not get $ 90M/6, but I bet he can get
    $ 50M/3.

  14. joerymi - Dec 6, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    This comment section can be transposed with what was being said one year ago about Boras with Fielder.

  15. mojosmagic - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Why isn’t it enough to play baseball for a good organization and a contender? Why do players have to get every dollar they can like making 85M or 100M matters. Either why you going to die with a lot of money.

  16. louhudson23 - Dec 7, 2012 at 5:10 AM

    I think players should make all they can ,while they can. Having written that,I find the idea of a player like Bourn who has already made a few million,and even more so a player like Pujols,who has made a mountain of money,going to a place that for whatever reason is not their fist choice,purely based on money. The greatest thing about having money is not needing money. Playing where you want for who you want is the true luxury of having a few million in the bank.Why Pujols left St. Louis is beyond me. Why Glavine left Atlanta is beyond me. If you don’t want to play somewhwere,then don’t. If you do,why would you allow someone to dictate your place of work? So now Bourn will quite likely end up playing for a losing team in a city that is not his first choice. Money is power. Moeny isn’t cars,houses,jewelry. Giving up the power of self determination for the sake of more money is silly.

  17. fraleyr - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    hey bourne go play for the reds for a year. small outfield and a hitters park, you could shine there and go back on the market next year. plus who knows i think a lead off guy will put the reds over the hump. cincinnat reds 2013 world series champs!!

  18. beelza - Dec 7, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Bourne wants to play for a contender. Contender doesn’t want to play with Bourne.

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