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As the market for center fielders dwindles, the Seattle Mariners loom as one possibility for Michael Bourn.
At least on the surface.
The Mariners, if they fail to land outfielder Josh Hamilton, are still going to need offense. And Bourn is the next best offensive player remaining on the open market, though certainly not a slugger like Hamilton.
Here’s the problem:
Mariners general manager Jack Zdurienick erred when he signed infielder Chone Figgins, a speed player similar to Bourn, to a four-year, $36 million free-agent contract after the 2009 season.
Zduriencik, entering the final year of his own deal, might not want to risk “Chone II.”
Bourn, who turns 30 on Dec. 27, is about a year younger than Figgins was at the time of his deal. Figgins batted .227 with a .585 OPS in his three years with the Mariners, and the team released him last month.
Is it fair to take a negative view of Bourn because Figgins failed in Seattle? Of course not. But if you’re Zduriencik, you probably would be...
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PhilliesTags: Michael BournPhilliesOn Wednesday night, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported that the Phillies are “past the tire-kicking stage” in pursuit of free-agent centerfielder Michael Bourn, and the team is now trying to gauge what kind of money it will take bring Bourn back to Philadelphia.
The Phillies currently are without a single...
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It’s rare to see so much offseason activity related to a premium position like centerfield, especially this early in the offseason. The market was always considered deep, but it has been surprising to see an equal number of trades as free agent signings. With two upper echelon free agents remaining, and a few intriguing trade targets conceivably on the block, this centerfield carousel...
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The Seattle Mariners are serious about free-agent outfielder Josh
The Seattle Mariners are among the teams interested in free
agent outfielder Cody Ross, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:
Source: #Mariners among teams interested in free-agent OF Cody Ross.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 7, 2012
The Mariners have seemingly been tied to every available
potential impact bat on the market. While they are reportedly...
Bad news for Michael Bourn – the Phillies just emphatically closed the door on bringing back the free agent center fielder, giving up Vance Worley and top prospect Trevor May to acquire Revere from the Twins. Given the price that we just saw Denard Span go for last week, this is a bit of a shocking price for Revere, and looks like a significant overpay for the Phillies.