Mets may be able to sign Michael Bourn and keep draft pick

Mets may be able to sign Michael Bourn and keep draft pick

by Chol Souders | Posted on Friday, January 25th, 2013
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Michael Bourn could be off and running to the New York Mets.

The offseason has not gone well for Michael Bourn, so far. It appears the speedy center fielder and his agent, Scott Boras, expected Bourn’s value to be much higher than it actually is. I’m sure neither Bourn nor Boras expected him to still be available in late January.

There are many reasons why Michael Bourn hasn’t signed yet. One notable reason: The team signing Bourn loses a first-round draft pick due to the collective bargaining agreement. The picks, though, are protected if a team is among the top 10 draft selections. In the case of the New York Mets, who had their pick dropped down to 11 because the Pittsburgh Pirates did not sign their pick from last year, a first-round pick is a lot to give up for a player who may lose his best asset — speed — with age.

Bourn also is said to be looking for a contract similar to what B.J. Upton signed with the Atlanta Braves this offseason. The hefty price tag is nothing new coming from a Boras client, but as spring training gets closer, the asking price needs to go down or he may not be signed. Boras has shown in the past he’ll wait for as long as it takes to get a deal done (Prince Fielder), but the market appears to be very small, as of right now, and I don’t see many places left where Bourn fits well.

The most logical choice seems to be the New York Mets, but the Mets have cut payroll by over $40 million, and the likelihood of the Mets signing any type of long-term deal is comparable to Manti Te’o’s girlfriend being real. The Mets have petitioned MLB to see if their original 10th position in the draft (before being bumped by Pittsburgh) would protect their pick if they do sign Bourn. I think MLB may allow this to happen. If so, then I fully expect Bourn to be heading back to the NL East. However, I do not see this as a long-term signing for the 30-year-old.  It appears Michael Bourn may sign a one- to three-year deal and see what he can do in next few offseasons. You never know, though. Mets owners aren’t exactly the best when it comes to investments.

Post By Chol Souders (127 Posts)

Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, Chol enjoys fun in the sun, long walks on the beach and all types of water sports." American and Wiz With" is how he orders his cheesesteak and drinking a cold Neshaminy Creek Brew while watching the game is his favorite pastime. After receiving his B.A in Telecommunications and Mass Media from Temple University he has been working in sales for 5 years, while still maintaining a strong passion for all things sports and all things Philadelphia. You can usually find him at Citizens Bank Park during the summer or at McDuffs Tavern watching every other sport during the off-season.



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