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Sandy Alderson flew to Houston to meet with Michael Bourn

Jan 29, 2013, 9:22 AM EDT

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Sandy Alderson and his assistant GM John Ricco paid a visit to Michael Bourn in Houston last week.

Which, unless Alderson was cashing in Southwest Rewards points or something, shows at least some level of commitment.  But it doesn’t sound at all like something is imminent.  As we noted yesterday, Bourn is reportedly looking for a five-year deal.  Sherman says that the Mets are unwilling to go beyond three years, and that they’re willing to wait Bourn out and hope he gets desperate.

Which may not be the worst thing given where they are competitively and given how few teams really seem to be interested in Bourn at the moment.

  1. chill1184 - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    I really don’t want this guy even if the pick is protected. I’ve read rumors that Bourn is willing to take less years if he can opt into free agency the following year. So (assuming the pick isnt protected) you give up a pick (while a division enemy gets a sandwich pick), kill your draft pool money and if you can’t trade him by the July deadline he walks unless the team does the qualifying offer. Thanks but no thanks. Stick to the plan Alderson

    • paperlions - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      I really don’t see the point of a shorter contract either. The Mets are not in a position to compete the next couple of years, why sign a guy who will be gone when your team is next ready to be decent?

      • wickedmrnightshade - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        Because they envision themselves contending in 2014/2015?

      • bolweevils2 - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        As deadline trade bait maybe?

      • mtr75 - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM

        Hey paperlions, still believe the A-Roid “pre-habbing” line? LOL!!!

  2. wickedmrnightshade - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Giving up the #11 pick for Bourn would be dumb but there’s just no way you can go into the season with the current outfield the Mets have. It has little short term potential and no long term potential. If Sandy chooses to wait until 2014, he’s going to end up having to spend in a FA market that is just dreck.

    • chill1184 - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      Sometimes one has to just roll the dice. However who says that Alderson cant make a trade?

    • bolweevils2 - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Why is there no way they can go into the season with their current craptastic outfield? So they stink. If you add Bourn, what would it get you? You’re still going to finish 4th or 5th.

      The only reason to sign Bourn is if he’ll help you down the road, either himself or whoever he brings in a trade. Getting an outfielder just because your outfield sucks this year is throwing away money and a draft pick after a lost cause.

    • mtr75 - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      What freaking difference does it make? So we sign Bourne and win 70 games instead of 65? Yi-de-doo.

  3. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    “willing to wait Bourn out and hope he gets desperate”

    Desperate? Bourn? You are making it sound like February starts this week…..oh wait

    • greymares - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      when he’s desperate he has a lot of choices

  4. lyon810 - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    They just got out from under the Bay contract, why go down the same road?

    They have to have some outfielder in AAA they could play instead of going forward with this.

    • bolweevils2 - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      In retrospect, since they are paying almost his entire salary anyway, maybe they should have kept Bay. He actually looks competitive compared to their other current outfielders. The only real reason to dump him was because having to look at him every day uncomfortably reminds you what a bad signing that was, not because you have a bunch of outfielders better than he is.

    • jwbiii - Jan 29, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      Of the five outfielders who got the most playing time in Buffalo last season, only Matt Den Dekker is still with the organization. He hit 220/256/373. Val Pascucci is a free agent (unless he signed or retired and I missed it). He hit 217/359/394 and is 34.

  5. mannyzteam - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Bourn gets a lot of steals, hes like a poor mans reyes (as far as stats). Mets dont deserve him.

  6. greymares - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    of course the Mets are going after him . how many chances will they have to sign a major league player ?

  7. Old Gator - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    It’s hard to imagine that anyone in the Mutts front orifice could have managed to figure out how many Southwest frequent flier points they actually had to work with. From the simplest system in the industry, Southwest – which is becoming increasingly like all the other dipshit airlines up there – has come up with a constipated new setup that rivals the old pence, shillings and pounds system in Britain before the onset of the decimal system.

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