Monday, February 11, 2013
Latest on Bourn
By Doug Mittler
Spring training has officially arrived and center fielder Michael Bourn remains the top free agent position player still looking for work.
The New York Mets appear to be the most viable option, and agent Scott Boras continues to play a "game of chicken" with GM Sandy Alderson, wrote Joel Sherman in the New York Post last week. Boras has been seeking a five-year deal and the Mets have discussed three, although Sherman reports Alderson is dropping hints he may up the ante to include a fourth season.
In Monday’s New York Daily News, Andy Martino reports the Players' Association has yet to file a grievance on behalf of Bourn or engaged in settlement talks with Major League Baseball about resolving the sticky issue of draft pick compensation. The Mets would currently have to forfeit the 11th overall pick in the draft to sign Bourn. The Pirates forced the Mets from the protected top 10 list of picks by getting a compensatory pick for failing to sign its 2012 first-round selection. The Mets contend the spirit of the law has been violated if they lose a pick.