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Although Michael Bourn is one of the top free agents available this winter, he remains unsigned. The problem lies in the fact that the Atlanta Braves made him a qualifying offer before he hit free agency. Any team who chooses to sign him would have to compensate the Braves with draft picks. That is part of why the Baltimore Orioles have no interest.
The other reason, according to Rich Dubroff of CSN Baltimore, is that the team is confident in Adam Jones. Jones is younger, and he has more power. Although Jones suffered an wrist injury last season and missed some time, he is not an injury concern.
"With Adam Jones three years younger and signed for the long term, Bourn is not someone who the Orioles are interested in. Teams aren’t willing to surrender a draft pick nor the possible bonus pool money that would limit their ability to sign draft picks."
Bourn had a fantastic year in 2012 with the Braves, but teams have been hesitant to give him much consideration. They will have to pay him in excess of $13 million per season and will have to sign him long-term. Bourn is 30 years old and probably in the prime of his career.
Last season, Bourn hit .274/.348/.391 with 42 stolen bases. He has speed but not a lot of power. There are plenty of teams who could use his services, they just have to decided whether he is truly worth it or not.
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