Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mets Rumors: Free Agent Bourn Becomes a "Realistic Possibility"


Michael Bourn has gone from barely a consideration by the Mets to a “realistic” possibility for the team’s beleaguered outfield.

Now that the Braves have are in agreement to a trade for outfielder Justin Upton with the Diamondbacks, it gives the Mets the first crack to signing the speedy outfielder.. The Mets and Braves were considered the top suitors for Bourn.

The Mets main concern has to be whether they have to give up the first round pick.. The Mets are lobbying the league to get their No. 11 overall pick protected (only the top 10 overall have such status), which would allow them to give up a second-round draft choice if they signed Bourn.

The Mets contend their request should be considered because the Pirates moved ahead of them, to No. 9 in the draft, after failing to sign their top pick last year.

If the price is right and the Mets get it their way,  Michael Bourn might be on his way to cover some ground in Citi-Field this summer.

CBS' Jon Heyman suggests it’ll take a five-year deal worth $15MM or so per season to sign Bourn, a Scott Boras client. B.J. Upton obtained a five-year, $75.2MM contract that could be a comparable for Bourn’s next deal. The Mets have money left in their payroll, with only about $80 million to $85 million committed and a budget with room for about $15 million more.


Bourn's Stats
Year Age Tm AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA
2006 23 PHI 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 3 .125
2007 24 PHI 119 29 33 3 3 1 6 18 1 13 21 .277
2008 25 HOU 467 57 107 10 4 5 29 41 10 37 111 .229
2009 26 HOU 606 97 173 27 12 3 35 61 12 63 140 .285
2010 27 HOU 535 84 142 25 6 2 38 52 12 59 109 .265
2011 28 TOT 656 94 193 34 10 2 50 61 14 53 140 .294
2011 28 HOU 429 64 130 26 7 1 32 39 7 38 90 .303
2011 28 ATL 227 30 63 8 3 1 18 22 7 15 50 .278
2012 29 ATL 624 96 171 26 10 9 57 42 13 70 155 .274
7 Yrs 3015 459 820 125 45 22 215 276 64 296 679 .272
162 Game Avg. 561 85 153 23 8 4 40 51 12 55 126 .272
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/24/2013.

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