Showing posts with label Michael Bourn. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Michael Bourn. Show all posts

Monday, February 25, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Mets to Lose Money?, Upton/Bourn Notes, Duda, Gee, Niese, Syndergaard, Mets Fishing

Mets News and Notes:

Josh Kosman in the Post reports the Mets again will lose money this season. Writes Kosman:

The team is expecting to lose more than $10 million this year, after bleeding red the past two seasons, while attendance is projected to fall for a fifth straight year, The Post has learned.

The owners can expect to take about $65 million from separately owned SportsNet New York cable network, which airs Mets games. However, Citi Field saps $43 million in debt payments, leaving a net gain of $22 million from those two assets. That means there won’t be much left to sink into the ballclub. …

The team should have more financial freedom next year, when some $50 million in payroll comes off the books, thanks to expiring contracts with Johan Santana, Jason Bay and Frank Francisco, although Bay will continue to receive deferred payments.

However, the Mets have paid only some of the $320 million in principal due lenders in 2014, making next year’s talks potentially tense if the Mets do not hit their own not-so-rosy projections, the source said.

John Harper in the Daily News says the Mets pitched trading Daniel Murphy or Ruben Tejada to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Justin Upton late in the offseason. As for the draft-pick issue with Michael Bourn, Harper reported the Mets received a favorable initial reaction from MLB about getting the No. 11 draft pick protected, but other teams began to complain when the Mets’ desire became public. MLB then changed its stance.

Pedro Feliciano will be held out from baseball activity for two weeks while he wears a monitor that will allow team doctors to gauge the severity of his heart issue.

Lucas Duda, who is adjusting his routine at the plate, struck out in all four plate appearances against the Astros and is now 0-for-7 with six strikeouts in Grapefruit League play. Terry Collins said Duda is getting caught with his front foot still in the air as the ball reaches the plate.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

News: Bourn goes to Cleveland Indians, 4 years $48 Million

According to the Andy Martino of  the NY Daily News, free agent center fielder Michael Bourn went to the Indians.

The 30-year-old, an All-Star for the Braves last season, agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal with Cleveland.

According to Martino, the Mets also offered Bourn four years and approximately $48 million, but their pursuit of the All-Star was fatally complicated by an unprecedented situation involving the team’s first-round draft choice.

Under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, the team that signed Bourn would surrender its top pick this year, unless that team has a top-10 selection.

The Mets were the 10th-worst team in baseball in 2012, but were pushed to 11th overall in this year’s draft because Pittsburgh failed to sign its top choice last season. The team believed that in the interest of competitive balance and what it considered the spirit of the rule, its top pick should have been protected had it made a deal with Bourn.

The issue would have been decided by an independent arbitrator, unless the Players’ Association and Major League Baseball had reached a settlement. According to a person with direct knowledge of the process, discussions about the pick issue never became serious.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets maybe can pull off Bourn without losing pick?

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports suggests it is possible the New York Mets maybe can pull the whole thing off and sign free-agent center fielder Michael Bourn without losing their first-round pick.

David Prouty, executive counsel of the players’ union, told The Boston Globe that he is in talks with baseball regarding the Mets’ desire to keep their pick if they sign Bourn.

One source with knowledge of the discussions said the team stands a “decent” chance of winning its argument that its first-round choice should be protected.

(The Mets had the 10th-worst record in the majors last season but fell to No. 11 — the first unprotected pick — when the Pittsburgh Pirates did not sign their first-rounder and, as compensation, moved back into the top 10).

Yet, the Mets’ path to Bourn still might not be clear with other teams still involved..

Rosenthal says that the Cubs, Rangers, Mariners, and Indians still could all have interest...

According to multiple reports, it has been believed that the Mets will go 3 or 4 years around $13 Million a year...Boras is looking for $14 - $15 Million a year for at least 5 years...

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets and Scott Boras are playing a game of chicken for Bourn

According to Joel Sherman of the Ny Post,  The Mets and Scott Boras are engaged in a game of chicken.

The powerful 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 lot.”

So where does that leave the Mets?

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Mets using Wright as a Bourn Recruiter

Wright told The Post yesterday he has spoken with and exchanged texts with free-agent center fielder Michael Bourn in an attempt to lure him to Citi Field.
“I just wanted to let him know that he would be a great addition here and he’d obviously be welcomed here,’’ Wright said after his first early workout at the Mets’ spring training complex.

“I talked to him a couple weeks ago, and I told him, ‘You’re always in the right place at the right time, your work counts,’ ’’ Wright said. “I’ve always had great respect for him and the way he plays the game and have always kind of chatted with him when he gets to third base.

“I just feel he’s a hard-nosed player. I wanted to be there to answer any question he might have and let him know that with some of the young arms that we have and the young talent we have, we are not far off.’’

“He’s terrorized us, so I’ve seen first-hand what he is capable of doing,’’ Wright said.

“Those types of guys, speed guys, he’s frustrated the heck out of me by chasing down balls in the outfield,’’ Wright said. “It just seems that he has a nose for the game. He would be a great addition, but obviously there are a few teams interested.

“I’m all-in in this organization, and I’m going to do whatever I can, on the field or in the clubhouse, to try to get this thing going in the direction I think we need to go,’’ said Wright, who signed a $138 million extension this offseason.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets Bullpen Done?, Bourn, Matsuzaka

New York GM Sandy Alderson said the Mets will probably be done adding to their bullpen, assuming the deal with Lyon goes through, Anthony DiComo of reports (Twitter).

The club had interest in a number of relievers as recently as last week, some mentioned were Jose Valverde and Francisco Rodriguez.. But Lyon probably came cheaper...

Alderson sounds serious about pursuing free agent center fielder Michael Bourn, DiComo reports.

However, the GM said the Mets could end up going to Spring Training with their current roster. The Mets have sincere interest in Bourn, but don't intend to forfeit the 11th overall pick in the 2013 draft to complete a deal with the Scott Boras client.

One Mets official indicated to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that the team has no interest in Daisuke Matsuzaka (Twitter link).

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Murphy, Atchison, Bourn

Murphy gets raise
Mets News and Notes:

The Mets have avoided arbitration with Daniel Murphy by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2.925MM, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports (Twitter links).  The final total is a bit less than the midpoint between the figures exchanged by the two sides; Murphy asked for $3.4MM, the Mets offered $2.55MM.  This was Murphy's first year of arbitration eligibility.

The Mets are still in the market for relief help and could even pursue a closer, Jon Heyman of reports (on Twitter). The Mets signed right-hander Scott Atchison to a minor league deal Tuesday.

Atchison pitched for the Red Sox in 2012, posting a 1.58 ERA with 6.3 K/9 and 1.6 BB/9 in 51 1/3 innings. The Red Sox non-tendered him at the end of November instead of proceeding through the arbitration process with a projected $800K salary. Atchison missed two months with forearm tightness last summer but returned to make five appearances in September. He considered Tommy John surgery, ultimately avoiding the procedure.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Report: Alderson thinks Bourn price too steep for Mets

According to the NY Times,  Sandy Alderson, the general manager of the Mets, suggested the loss of a first-round pick would be too steep a price for the team to consider signing Michael Bourn, the best outfielder left on the free-agent market.

If they signed Bourn, a speedy 30-year-old center fielder, the Mets would be forced to give up the 11th overall pick of the draft as compensation.

During an interview Sunday with MLB Network Radio, Alderson said the Mets had been “very reluctant to consider that,” as it would undermine their vision for the future.

He added, “The blueprint here is to rebuild the farm system at the same time that we try to be competitive and for us to lose a first-round pick would be counter to that approach.”

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Mets Rumors: The Bourn Supremacy

Michael Bourn Rumors:

A source tells Marc Carig of Newsday (on Twitter) that the MLBPA could file a grievance on the Michael Bourn/compensatory draft pick issue, even if the Mets don't agree to terms with the outfielder first.

There has been talk of the players union supporting the Mets if they choose to argue against having to surrender a first-round pick to sign a free agent like Bourn.

It appears that the Mets will face some stiff competition in the NL East as they vie with the Nationals and Braves, but GM Sandy Alderson says that he isn't sweating it too much, writes Anthony DiComo of
"I would agree that the Nationals and the Braves appear to be very good teams for '13 and beyond," Alderson said. "But many teams have been described as set up well for the long haul, and it hasn't always worked out as described."

Friday, January 25, 2013

Rosenthal: Mets and Bourn match unlikely

Scott Boras
According to Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports, the Mets and Michael Bourn seem a unlikely fit in Queens.

The Mets would have the support of the MLBPA if they continue lobbying for the right to surrender a second round pick instead of a first rounder should they sign a free agent linked to draft pick compensation.

But sympathy for the Mets would only go so far just one offseason after the completion of baseball’s collective bargaining agreement. MLB wouldn’t want to establish a precedent and would likely fight a grievance by the MLBPA.

Scott Boras, Bourn’s agent, is a factor in this as well, Rosenthal reports. MLB isn’t inclined to do Boras any favors such as making an exception for Bourn.

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
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 View Original Table
Generated 1/24/2013.

Mets Rumors: No Hairston, Mets Looking at Bourn to upgrade outfield

Free agent Scott Hairston, whose power from the right side made him a potential fit for both the Mets and the Yankees, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Cubs.

But the Mets reportedly have moved on, exploring the idea of signing Michael Bourn.

The free-agent centerfielder may still remain out of the Mets' price range. But the Mets, according to a Daily News report, are working to clear one major hurdle that stands in the way of any agreement with Bourn.

By rule, the Mets would have to surrender their 11th overall draft pick in June as compensation if they were to sign Bourn.

However, the top 10 picks in the draft are protected by rule, and the Mets are looking to see if their pick qualifies for protection because it originally was within the top 10. The Mets were bumped out of the top 10 only after the Pirates were awarded a draft pick as compensation for not signing first-rounder Mark Appel last year.

But even if the Mets get their draft pick protected, Bourn may prove to be out of their price range....

Mets could use a lead off guy that gets on base and steals bases, remember the more times your team is in scoring position the more runs you can possibly score, period...

But the Mets lack a right-handed bat to compensate David Wright in the Lineup... Upton would be a better fit, but looks as though the Mets are out of reach..

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Special Report: Mets Have Some Cash to Spend, Maybe on Players???

The Mets’ owners, who were financially hobbled by Bernard L. Madoff’s immense fraud scheme, now have about $160 million in new money to spend..

The cash infusion, comes thanks to their majority ownership of the SNY regional sports network. One benefit of owning a network like SNY is the ability to borrow money against it. SNY’s annual revenue is in the hundreds of millions of dollars because of monthly subscriber fees that keep increasing regardless of team performance.

The resulting stability and financial muscularity of SNY and similar networks make them low risks to banks. Late last month, SNY refinanced $450 million in existing bank loans at lower interest rates and borrowed at least $250 million more. With their 65 percent ownership of SNY, Wilpon and Katz should have walked away with about $162.5 million. The refinancing was first reported Friday by Bloomberg.

The Mets could use the money to either pay back loans or working capital... A New York Times report suggest the Mets can also get into the Free Agent Market, especially the outfield market...

The best free-agent outfielder still available, by far, is Michael Bourn, the 30-year-old, left-handed-hitting center fielder who hit .274 for the Atlanta Braves last season with 42 stolen bases. But Bourn is looking for big money, perhaps as much as $100 million in a multiyear deal, and is represented by the uncompromising Scott Boras, so rule the Mets out.....

But then again,  Vince Gennaro, a consultant to several major league teams, suggested the Mets should at least think about Michael Bourn, particularly if he remains unsigned as spring training draws closer and his price drops.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

NL Wild Card Alert: Braves land CF Michael Bourn from Astros

Braves GM made a splash today by acquiring center fielder Michael Bourn and cash from the Astros for center fielder Jordan Schafer, southpaw Double-A starter Brett Oberholtzer, righty Double-A starter Paul Clemens, and righty Triple-A reliever Juan Abreu. The Astros announced the deal via press release.

None of the three pitchers are top 50 prospects, but they did rank ninth, 26th, and 27th respectively for the Braves on Baseball America's preseason rankings, and the team has a highly-regarded farm system. Oberholtzer, 22, ranked ninth and is seen as a potential third or fourth starter in the big leagues. Clemens and Abreu both have big upside and impressive fastballs.

Braves flirted with the idea of making a trade for Carlos Beltran , but they were not serious about trading top prospects for him.

The Astros on the other hand have one of the worst minor-league organizations in terms of depth and this could help replenish their system
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