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The Mets are having “ongoing discussions” with Scott Boras over Michael Bourn

Feb 5, 2013, 6:05 AM EDT

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Sandy Alderson told the Newark Star-Ledger yesterday that he is having “ongoing” discussions with Scott Boras over Michael Bourn. He added, however, that he is perfectly content to go into the season with the outfield he has.

Ahem.  Given (a) the quality of the outfield he has; and (b) the fact that he’s negotiating with a guy who himself, just yesterday, was caught making up crap, I think it’s safe to say that Alderson himself has little incentive to be truly forthcoming here. And we should not expect him to be.

Indeed, between the Boras factor and the ongoing uncertainty regarding whether the Mets would have to give up a first round draft pick for Bourn, I would expect this to remain in the category of full-blown kabuki theater until the moment Bourn signs someplace.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 5, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    Does anyone know what would happen to that first round draft pick if the Mets signed Bourn to a minor league contract and kept him in the minors until after the draft? I also wonder what would happen if Bourn signed wit an independent league team and signed a ML contract after the draft?

    • paperlions - Feb 5, 2013 at 7:35 AM

      MLB would never approve a MiLB deal for Bourn, they would correctly see it as an attempt to avoid draft pick loss. They could take the pick away and refuse to approve the contract as punishment for attempting to circumvent the CBA.

      After the draft, there is no pick attached to signing Bourn (i.e. a team wouldn’t have to give up its 2014 pick instead). Any non-MLB contract Bourn signs (e.g. Independent league, NPB, Korea, etc), would have no effect on his MLB status under the CBA.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 5, 2013 at 7:45 AM

        Thank you for the answer.

      • purnellmeagrejr - Feb 5, 2013 at 7:57 AM

        yeah, thanks. I didn’t know any of that.

  2. spedman24 - Feb 5, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    I wouldn’t touch Bourn w/your money

  3. fanofevilempire - Feb 5, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    what are they talking about Bernie Madoff.
    Mets are window shopping.
    they just want the fan to believe they are a real major league team.

    • thebadguyswon - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      Isn’t grade school in session today?

  4. Jeremiah Graves - Feb 5, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Can the Twins just sign him to an incentive-laden one-year deal already?! They screwed up his market trading Span and Revere, it seems only right that they be the team to overpay for his services and then turn around and dump him on the Yankees or Dodgers or whatever big-bucked behemoth that thinks they need a “lead-off hitter” and speedy-lil-dude for the playoff push. #baseballlogic

  5. Old Gator - Feb 5, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Kabuki? More like Theater of the Absurd when the Wilpoons get involved.

    • Francisco (FC) - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      National Wilpoon’s Baseball Vacation

  6. greymares - Feb 5, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    I don’t know if the Mets are sending fan smokescreens or if they’re sincere about Bourne. But an established major league player vs the possibility that a #1 pick will really turn out to be something is a no brainer to me. anyone no the % breakdown of sucessfull #1 picks to busts.

    • bjbeliever - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      That team is so bad what’s the point of paying $100 million for the privilege of giving away what is sure to be a pretty high pick.

    • mtr75 - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      If this was a matter of perhaps being the difference between first and second place in the division, sure. But signing Bourne might be the difference between fifth and fourth for the Mets next year. In this case the pick is a lot more valuable.

  7. buffalomafia - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Why would any player want to play for a crappy team?

    • greymares - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      no other options to get PAID.

  8. chill1184 - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    I hope this is just fluff, he’s not worth the price. Let someone else give up their draft pick and draft money

  9. dukepatrol - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Doesn’t anybody understand that the Mets do not have a major league outfield? They expect us to pay to see Lucas Duda,Nuenhies(?) and Baxter as our outfield?They must really thing that we really are idiots

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