For Mets, It’s Bourn or Bust

Posted: February 9, 2013 in Hot Stove, News
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By Steven Inmanimages

With two days until Spring Training, Sandy Alderson acknowledged that the only other external player the Mets could bring to camp is free agent outfielder Michael Bourn. Bourn, 30, was considered to be the third best free agent on this year’s market but somehow still doesn’t have a job. Bourn is a good player who has been an all-star in the past but the Mets must make sure they don’t have to give up their first round pick for him.

If the Mets could agree to a deal with Bourn, Bourn’s agent Scott Boras and the MLB union would apply a grievance saying it isn’t fair that the Mets had one of baseball ten worstimages2 records and still have to give up the pick. The grievance would then go to a third party independent arbitrator who isn’t associated with Major League Baseball. The Mets shouldn’t be punished because the Pirates failed to sign the 8th overall pick Mark Appel in last year’s draft. The Pirates failure to sign Appel means that they get the 9th overall pick this year bumping the Mets to 11th. The Mets WON’T sign Bourn if they have to give up the first round pick.

The Mets want to give Bourn a three year deal but Boras still thinks he can get Bourn a five year deal somewhere. I think there is around a 50-50 chance the Mets can agree to a deal with Bourn but it is anyone’s guess what the independent arbitrator will rule on.


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