Scott Boras finally found a new home for Rafael Soriano at a favorable price, getting the reliever a two-year, $28 million deal with the Washington Nationals last week.
Will he be able to find a similar seal for outfielder Michael Bourn? The smart money says never to bet against Boras, even if the market appears to be limited, especially for a long-term deal. With a month to go until spring training, the uber agent could be looking at the National League East, just as he did with Soriano.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported Sunday the Mets are not out of the picture for Bourn if the price and length of commitment come down.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, a major league source would not dismiss the possibility Bourn could end up with the Mets. Signing Bourn, however, would cause the Mets to forfeit the 11th overall pick in the draft, something GM Sandy Alderson has publicly indicated he was unable to do.
The Phillies were mentioned as a possible candidate for Bourn, but the signing of Delmon Young eliminates them from consideration. As for the Braves, they have payroll room to add another significant salary and have not ruled anything out, but David O’Brien of the Atlanta JC wrote over the weekend that a return to Atlanta seems unlikely.
ESPN Insider's Keith Law evaluated Bourn's value at the start of the offseason:
"The one concern I have with Bourn is that so much of his value is tied up in his legs, rather than his eyes or his bat. He is one major leg injury or a series of smaller ones away from losing the value he contributes on defense and on the bases. That value could diminish if he loses speed due to age as he gets into his 30s. I don't think either scenario is highly likely, but it's the major risk in signing a player like Bourn to a lengthy deal."