Joel Sherman of the Ny Post, The Mets and Scott Boras are engaged in a game of chicken.
agent is saying he has attractive offers elsewhere for Michael Bourn.
The Mets are essentially challenging him to prove those offers exist by
remaining relatively inflexible in what they are willing to spend on the
fleet center fielder.
Bourn does not have an obvious place to sit now after the Phillies and Braves, in particular, solved their center field needs.
Rangers GM Jon Daniels said publicly again yesterday he does not imagine
another high-profile move prior to spring training.
ESPN’s Buster Olney
reported the Indians could be interested in Bourn if his price drops “a
So where does that leave the Mets?
The Mets have discussed a three-year deal for Bourn and hinted at willingness
to go to a fourth season and once again dare
Boras to prove he has someplace else to go. The Mets might be biding against themselves here and may have the largest offer on the table.. It is up to Boras to prove..
The Mets also have let it be known they will only sign Bourn if they know for certain
they would not lose the 11th overall pick in June’s draft. Currently,
only teams with one of the top-10 picks have those protected should they
sign a tendered free agent, such as Bourn.
But the Mets and the Boras Camp believe they have a winning argument should the case go to an
arbitrator, mainly built around the spirit of the rule, which they
believe is to protect the teams with the 10-worst records. The Mets had
the 10th-worst record last year.
However, according to Sherman. the Mets do not want to win an arbitration before they have an
agreement with Bourn because if the draft impediment is removed, there
likely will be intensified pressure from fans to get a contract done,
which would give Boras leverage — at a time when the Mets are playing
chicken that Boras has little leverage.
With pitchers and catchers now less than a week away, we wait to see if Boras has another suitor with bigger pockets or he has to take a deal with the Mets, because it's the only deal in town.
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