Posts Tagged ‘Michael Bourn’

By Steven Inman

If the Mets have to give up their first round pick, the Shin Soo Choo sweepstakes will be over before it even starts for the Mets

If the Mets have to give up their first round pick, the Shin Soo Choo sweepstakes will be over before it even starts for the Mets

The Mets currently at 64-78 and have the 7th worst record in baseball. Last year the Mets finished with the 11th overall pick and it drastically changed their free agency plans.

The team wanted to sign Michael Bourn but refused to give up their unprotected 11th overall pick to sign him. A similar situation could be upcoming as the Mets wrap up another tough season. Only the top 10 picks are protected and the Mets will not sign a premiere free agent if they finish with an unprotected pick.

While the Mets are probably thankful they didn’t sign Michael Bourn last winter, they would like to sign a bat or two and that could cost picks should they be offered a $13 million dollar qualifying offer by their former teams.

As of now the Mets will have their pick protected with the 7th overall pick but their are still too many games left to be sure. It is in the Mets best interest to have a “top 10” worst record going into an offseason where they plan on spending free agent dollars.

I am not in anyway saying the Mets should tank but a hot streak to end their season, (while not likely) isn’t in the team’s best long term interest. Definitely something to keep an eye on.

To keep track of this situation check out MLB Trade Rumors Reverse Standings Page which is updated everyday.

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By Steven InmanimagesCAU5LIB3

In the Mets long lasting quest to find a leadoff hitter to replace Jose Reyes, Terry Collins has tabbed Daniel Murphy as the next man in line to give it a try. Murphy is the hottest hitter on the team right now after a magnificent road trip so he figures to have no problems adjusting to that spot.

Murphy is not the ideal hitter to hit leadoff because he has little speed. I personally like him next to David Wright because when Wright is separated opposing pitchers really give David nothing to hit. The Mets right now really have two hitters who are league average or better right now.

The Mets best lineup has Murphy hitting second or third and Wright third or fourth. That seems to be when they have their most success but they really don’t have any other options to hit at the top of the order right now.imagesCADQ3WP8

Murphy has told hitting Coach Dave Hudgens and bench coach Bob Geren that he really doesn’t feel all that comfortable hitting third. He better get used to it because I believe that is where he will hit in the next good Met lineup whenever that will be.

They say for every spot you move up in the order you gain about 20 at bats over a full season. It would behoove the Mets to hit Murphy and Wright as close to the top of the lineup as they can. Now it’s the other spots in the lineup they need to figure out.

The Mets ideal leadoff hitter right now plays for another team. Michael Bourn would have been an ideal leadoff man in New York and you see that the Indians have really taken off after Bourn came off of the disabled list. Bourn is batting .321 for the first place Indians.

By Steven InmanimagesCADQ3WP8

A big factor in the Mets 10-12 start, has been the play of the guy batting first in the order. In 22 games this season the Mets in the leadoff spot in the batting order are hitting just .217 with a .287 on-base percentage with 23 strikeouts in 102 plate appearances.

The Mets have used six leadoff guys in 22 games. Guys like Collin Cowgill, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Mike Baxter were expected to play a lot as leadoff hitters this season, but the trio have struggled badly offensively early on.

The Mets best option may be Jordany Valdespin who has been hot to start the season.

The Mets have little team speed and have lacked a true leadoff hitter since Jose Reyes departed in free agency. Reyes signed a six-year deal in Miami worth north of $100 million.

This will be a problem all year as the Mets don’t have a leadoff hitter anywhere on their 40-man roster. That’s why bringing in center fielder Michael Bourn would have been a good idea. Bourn signed a four-year deal with the Indians instead.

By Steven Inmanimages

Today in Terry Collins’ first press conference of the season, Collins gave a state of the Mets.

  • Johan Santana will be his Opening Day starter.
  • Bobby Parnell will be his closer on Opening Day now that Frank Francisco is hurt again.
  • Lucas Duda will be the team’s everyday leftfielder.
  • Collins isn’t upset the Mets didn’t sign Michael Bourn because he is only concerned about the guys he has.
  • Collins is very happy that 55 of the 58 players arrived to camp early or on time.
  • He cannot envision a scenario where Zack Wheeler makes the team unless he is by far the best player on the field for the Mets.
  • Travis d’Arnaud will be playing every day either in the majors or at Triple A Las Vegas.
  • Zack Lutz and Justin Turner will get extended looks in spring training.
  • Collins doesn’t see David Wright getting a “C” on his uniform chest anytime soon but that doesn’t mean he isn’t the captain.

By Steven Inmanimages

The Cleveland Indians just signed CF Michael Bourn to a four year deal worth $48 million with a vesting option for a 5th year that could make the total worth $60 million. Obviously from a Mets standpoint this is extremely disappointing as they had serious interest in Bourn. Multiple beat writers have reported that the Mets also offered Bourn a four year deal worth around $48 million. So why did Bourn sign with Cleveland then?

Well for starters the Indians included a 5th year vesting option that becomes guaranteed if Bourn has 550 plate appearances in the 4th year of the deal. More importantly the Mets wanted to make an appeal to MLB that would allow them to keep the pick due to the fact that they felt they earned it by finishing with one of the ten worst records in baseball. Many thought the Mets would have won their appeal but it would have taken 2-3 weeks.imagesCAU5LIB3

All along it seemed as if the Mets would not begin the appeal process until they felt they had a deal done with Bourn. Well obviously Bourn wasn’t going to wait three weeks into spring training just for a chance to sign with the Mets. The only way Bourn was going to sign with the Mets was if Boras couldn’t find him another team. It is unfortunate but Bourn wasn’t going to sign with the Mets all along because he would have had to miss most of spring training.

That leads to a bigger question which is why didn’t the Mets get the draft pick issue resolved a month ago? It seemed like the Bourn saga was going to go on forever and the Mets had all the time in the world to get this done. The Mets shouldn’t be criticized for not giving up their draft pick but they should be criticized for how they handled the appeal process. Bottom line is Mets should have gotten resolution on draft pick earlier, instead of trying to play it both ways in negotiations with Bourn.

By Steven InmanimagesCADQ3WP8

Another reason for the Mets to try and sign Michael Bourn, next year’s free agent class of outfielders is terrible.  Players like Shin- Soo Choo, former Met prospect Nelson Cruz, Hunter Pence and Jacoby Ellsbury headline the class of free agent outfielders next year. They are good players but will probably be paid heavily based on the lack of outfield talent on next year’s market.

Ideally the Mets can sign Bourn now and sign a corner outfielder in 2014. They are not going to be able to fill their entire outfield vacancy in 2014 but they may be able to find one corner bat next offseason when the Mets payroll opens up a little. Despite pitchers and catchers reporting tomorrow it does not appear as if the Bourn saga has an end in sight yet.

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.