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Braves haven’t closed the door on re-signing Michael Bourn

Jan 6, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and “Inside Pitch” on SiriusXM provides these juicy nuggets:

When the Braves inked B.J. Upton to a five-year, $75.25 million free agent contract back in November, most assumed they were done with big spending. But a market for Bourn has failed to develop — largely due to the new draft pick compensation system — and he could suddenly be re-signed at a discounted rate.

Bourn, 30, batted .274/.348/.391 with nine home runs, 57 RBI and 42 stolen bases last season for Atlanta.

An outfield of Upton, Bourn and Jason Heyward could be lethal. Martin Prado would move to third base.

  1. mungman69 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Yea, Bourne would make the Braves better but not as good as Washington. And Philly is old. Give the division to the Nats.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      2006 Mets

  2. mazblast - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    The Nationals have to be considered the favorite, but Bourn re-signing with the Braves would narrow the gap. That could be one heck of an outfield!

  3. knowlegeforyou - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    I don’t believe the Nats are that much better. On paper they look good and they have young talent that could over perform or under perform. The braves have more experienced players and would have more security financially if they resign Bourn. The season is crazy and long, and players have to stay healthy so I wouldn’t just give it to the Nats just yet.

  4. mrwillie - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    I’d love to see that outfield, but priority #1 needs to be extending Heyward. I don’t see how the Braves can sign Bourne and extend Heyward as well. If we only have room for one, then Bourne’s got to walk.

  5. Jackson - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    I would be ecstatic if the Braves did re-sign Bourn, as that would be one of the best, if not best, outfield trio in baseball, I just hope they wouldn’t overpay. Bourn turned 30 last month and only has a couple years left as a elite leadoff hitter. If they did bring him back, I would prefer it to be for only 2-3 years.

  6. wwttww - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Bourn

    Not Bourne

    We’re y’all Born yesterday?

    • historiophiliac - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      It’s a Bourn conspiracy.

  7. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    This blog post is like Viagra for me. I may be contacting my physician here in four hours.

  8. mississippimusicman - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    If this can be done in a way that makes financal sense, I’m all for it. Atlanta’s pitching is already a strength, and so is most of the defense, but with that trio in the outfield, then Dan Uggla’s (admittedly improved) play at second base, along with Brian McCann’s difficulty with base stealers (which should improve with the subtraction of Tommy Hanson) would be the only defensive weak spots.

  9. jessethegreat - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Don’t get the urgency of some fans to extend heyward so soon. Let the kid play thru some of his arb years. He’s not a sure thing yet by any means. Better financial move to allow him to develop more than locking yourself in as committing so much money to him this soon in his career.

    IMO, better to pay more in the long term by going thru arbitration…. This allows a team to see if the guy is able to develop they way they expect/want before making the long term commitment with him. Would you rather spend 14 million in arbitration for one year or spend 10 million/year for 6-7 years and see him fall off like francour did?

    • bravojawja - Jan 7, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      I guess it’s a good thing the Braves didn’t extend Frenchy, then, huh? Sure worked out well extending McCann instead, though.

  10. knowlegeforyou - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    One year with a clause to keep the Braves from offering arbitration would work and still have money to lock up heyward

  11. djjackson81 - Jan 6, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Crazy spending this off season. He will have to take whatever he gets and like it or be on a one year deal when spring play starts

  12. buffalomafia - Jan 7, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Hurry up before Yankeescget him!

  13. bravojawja - Jan 7, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    I wonder if he’d take one of those one-year make-good deals to try and set his market for next year. There’s no reason for the Braves to offer a multiyear deal.

  14. vanfrier - Jan 7, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    I’ve been saying this for months. The Braves hate Boris and have used the new rules to their advantage.
    No one is going to give up a draft choice and pay 80 plus million for a 30 year old lead off hitter as few of them as they are.
    Resigning him will do many things that will change the look of and the outcome of the Braves.
    One, Bourn can set all his brain power on being a lead off hitter. He no longer has to try to cary the team on his back when others are not getting it done.
    Two, This moves Prado to third where he has been needed for the last few years. If he had been at third the last three years he would be all you would hear about in the National League.
    Three, This would be the best out field since Ruth Played. Or DeMaggio. The only team I can remember that may have been better on a whole would be the BIG RED Machine. But this is if they resign Bourn.
    And last but not least, This might be the working wonder for Uggla. He just might find he doesn’t need to swing for a home run every time he is at bat. This might slow his swing and stop him from pulling everything in site. This would be a right move for a club that has either made the wrong moves or put their hands in the their pockets and done nothing for too many years. GOOOO BRAVES

  15. stevincinci - Jan 7, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Why the heck the Reds did not sign this guy is beyond reprehensible. Sorry, Shin Soo Choo is no Michael Bourne.

  16. mojosmagic - Jan 7, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Another bogus report planted by the biggest creep in sports Mr. Scott Boras.

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