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January, 25, 2013
If the New York Mets stick to their stance on draft-pick compensation, the market for Michael Bourn shrinks by two. The Atlanta Braves acquired Justin Upton, a deal finalized Thursday, which eliminates them as a possible landing spot, notes's Jerry Crasnick.

Among others being linked to Bourn, according to a report by's Jon Heyman, include the Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cubs are the only club of the bunch that would not have to surrender their first-round pick to sign Bourn.

The Orioles could use Bourn in center and move Adam Jones to left, but only if Bourn were signed long term. Jones was just awarded a Gold Glove, but Bourn runs circles around Jones defensively, backed up by both the scouting eye and the advanced metrics that measure defensive value.