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Report: Cubs “on the fringes” for free agent outfielder Michael Bourn

Feb 11, 2013, 8:09 PM EDT

UPDATE: So much for that. Carrie Muskat, who covers the Cubs for, writes that Bourn to the Cubs is “not happening.” Could this be a case of Bourn’s agent, Scott Boras, making a last-ditch effort to create a market for his client?

8:06 PM: There’s been plenty of chatter over the past couple of weeks about a possible match between the Mets and Michael Bourn, but otherwise the market for the free agent outfielder has been eerily quiet. However, it seems there is one potential landing spot that has flown under the radar.

The Cubs currently project to begin the season with Alfonso Soriano in left field, David DeJesus in center field and a platoon of Nate Schierholtz and Scott Hairston in right field. If the Cubs were to swoop in and sign Bourn, they could move DeJesus into a corner and try to find a suitor for Soriano, who still has two years and $36 million left on his contract. Of course, they’d have to eat a big portion of his remaining contract to make that happen and Soriano has the ability to veto any deal.

While FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has also listed the Cubs as a possibility, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times doesn’t see Bourn coming at a steep enough discount to be a realistic fit.

  1. Alex K - Feb 11, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    It’s not the worst thing in the world if the price is right. I don’t love the idea, but for a low enough price he’s worth a 2nd pick.

  2. chill1184 - Feb 11, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Has Boras played his “mystery team” card yet?

  3. dondada10 - Feb 11, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    If the Mets end up the bridesmaid on Bourn, I hope we can pick up a heavily discounted Soriano.

    Heavily discounted means no more than 12 mil over the remaining 2 years.

    • dondada10 - Feb 11, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      Never mind. Bourn signed with Cleveland.

  4. seahawks80 - Feb 11, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Boras is a major DB!!

  5. chill1184 - Feb 11, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Looks like the Tribe signed him if Heyman is actually telling the truth

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