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The Chicago Cubs have had conversations with free agent
center fielder Michael Bourn’s agent, reports Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago.
The Chicago Cubs have had conversations with free agent
centerfielder Michael Bourn’s agent, according to a major league source.
Bourn’s agent is the infamous Scott Boras, who is reportedly
seeking a free agent contract for his client in excess of $100 million. Levine
admits that this wouldn’t seem to make the center fielder a fit for the Cubs,
but he adds that the team could view him in the same way the Washington
Nationals did Jayson Werth a few years ago.
Chicago has said that it will look to address its outfield
this offseason, and Bourn would provide the team a veteran presence in center
along with a leadoff hitter to top their lineup. The 31-year-old hit
.274/.348/.391 with 26 doubles, 10 triples, nine home runs and 42 stolen bases
in 55 attempts.
While the Cubs certainly have the payroll flexibility to
make a free agent splash this winter, I’m not expecting this type of signing.
Given Bourn’s age and the fact that he’s likely to be closer to overpaid than
had at a bargain this offseason, I’d expect the team to spend its money elsewhere
in free agency or continue investing into its minor league system as it builds
for the future.
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