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Conflicting reports on the Mets’ interest in Michael Bourn

Jan 24, 2013, 6:36 AM EDT

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There has been a lot of chatter about the Mets and Michael Bourn in the past day or so. It breaks down like this:

  • John Harper of the Daily News says that he has been told that the Mets have a real interest in Bourn.
  • He also reports that the Mets not signing Scott Hairston, who just went to the Cubs, had more to do with playing time than with money, meaning that the Mets do not think they can give enough playing time to Bourn.
  • Given that the Mets outfield, currently constructed, is butt, the strong suggestion here is that the Mets plan to get an outfielder who is better than Hairston, which describes Bourn.
  • Bourn would cost anyone who signs him a first round pick, as long as it’s not in the top 10. The Mets current first round pick is the 11th. It would have been the tenth, however, if the Pirates had not been granted the 10th pick as compensation for their inability to sign their first round pick this past summer. So, Harper says, the Mets have petitioned the league to protect their 11th pick, surrendering  a second round pick instead, in the event they sign a player, like Bourn, who was given a qualifying offer.

So, that adds up to the Mets being in on Bourn, right? Well:

 

That kind of throws cold water on it.

Still, what is Boras’ price for Bourn at this point? It’s pushing February, and his client, one of the guys most folks assumed would snag top dollar this winter, is unsigned. Could that price be plummeting? It’s hard to imagine that it is given Boras’ track record. But we have seen him do things like agree to deferred money (the Rafael Soriano contract) so maybe he’s willing to be uber creative in order to ensure that Bourn, you know, gets a job.

Anyway, that’s the Michael Bourn-Mets situation right now.  It’s hard to imagine the Mets going in on him either because of the money or the draft pick, but throw in both and, boy, it’s even harder.  But people are still chirping about it, so it’s worth keeping an eye on.

  1. fanofevilempire - Jan 24, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    the mets ain’t signing anyone, they have made that very clear.

    can’t wait for soccer at the ball park.

    • ptfu - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      I guess the Mets’ infield could boot plenty of balls…

      Hey-ohhhh!

      Sorry, it had to be said.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    The Mets should win any appeal regarding the potential loss of pick number 11, as they really should have pick number 10. Unfortunately, the CBA did not envisage this situation. Otherwise, I just can’t see them giving up a first round pick for a player who will not help them contend.

  3. historiophiliac - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    But, of course, Bourn’s price should go up, with Delmon Young off the table.

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    The Phillies need to jump into this. Bourne would immediately be their #1 OF by far.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      I wonder, will this finally be the one that blows up in Scott Boras’ face? Like TO to Drew Rosenhaus.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:02 AM

        I wouldn’t mind if the Phillies swoop in at the last minute and help Bor-ass save face. Nothing like he wanted at first, but a short-term high-priced deal would be something that would certainly make me feel better about the outfield. Because at this point, the Phillies outfield sucks.

      • Old Gator - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        Maybe the Feelies can persuade the Commissioner to let them play Bourn directly behind Delmon Young to catch all the popups that bounce off his glove before they hit the turf.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      The thing that caught my eye was the deferred money – the Phillies have about 90 trillion dollars coming off the rolls the next few years, so id derring to 2017 or so is on the table, that may be do-able. Of course, you have the robbing Peter to pay Paul issue that burned them in the past…..

      I would do it though. His numbers have to be down to a reasonable figure now. And to those who will to say Delmon Young 19 times as a rebuttal, they aren’t commited to him for squat, so he is a non-factor is potentially going after Bourn.

  5. stex52 - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    I’ve been surprised the market was so bad for Bourn. If you look at Bref WAR, his performance over the last four years supported a large (15 MM$ish) payday. There’s a lot to like about him as a player. But the market sure looks cold. I can think of three possible contributors:

    1. He thinks he can maintain performance longer than the GM’s do. They might be right. Strikeouts are creeping up and he never walked as much as a guy with his speed should.
    2. Boras’ negotiating style. Enough said.
    3. In spite of all the talk about defense, in the end the big contracts go to OPS+.

    Michael is a fun guy to have in your outfield and can add a lot to the right team. But he’s sure not making the expected splash.

    • bolweevils2 - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      I think the other reason is that teams value their draft picks far more than ever before. And, related to your reason #1, that Bourn is a speed guy and they’re wary his speed will hold up as he gets deeper into his 30s.

    • Old Gator - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      This draft pick penalty for free agents has lamed the market for a lot of guys. What the hell was the Players’ Association thinking when it agreed to this?

      • stex52 - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        I wondered at the time. But it had even more effect than I expected.

  6. ironhorseblues - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    the outfield is butt?…

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      Good – I am not the only one who did not get that one…..

  7. buffalomafia - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Please what a waste of a report! They stink & they will finish second last!

    Thank God that Buffalo got rid of there Triple A crappy farm club!

  8. sawxalicious - Jan 24, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    “He also reports that the Mets not signing Scott Hairston, who just went to the Cubs, had more to do with playing time than with money, meaning that the Mets do not think they can give enough playing time to Bourn.”

    How would the Mets not be able to offer Michael Bourn (who would be their best outfielder) enough playing time?

    • jetstizzi85 - Jan 24, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      Agree! He would be their #1 outfielder. He would play everyday and be the lead off hitter

  9. gettingpwned - Jan 24, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    I would NOT give up a high draft pick to sign a 30 yr old who hit .275 and 9 HR for a short term deal. That’s just crazy.
    The fact that they’d have to surrender a high pick to sign him is even worse.

  10. gettingpwned - Jan 24, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Mets got boned by the Marlins signing Reyes last year and not getting their #1 pick back from them, don’t return the favor for this guy.

  11. iamjimmyjack - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Major typo in this article when describing lack of playing time for Bourne, which should of said Hairston.

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