The Mets community is having a field day with Michael Bourn these days. I figured I might as well chime in too.
First, let’s establish the basics:
The Mets will (most likely) lose the 11th pick in the 2013 first-year player draft if they sign Bourn.
Michael Bourn is a Scott Boras client. If the Mets were to sign Bourn, he’s probably going to get a deal in the five-year range.
Justin Upton being off the market will drive up the price for Bourn.
Now that we’re all on the same page, we can talk about how desperate Bourn is making the Mets look.
I’ll be the first to admit—Bourn makes the Mets better. That isn’t saying much considering the Mets’ outfield situation. Scott Hairston would have made the Mets better too.
For a team that’s “rebuilding,” the Mets sure seem gung-ho about giving away a valuable pick to get Bourn. Signing him would be like covering a leak in a boat with a Band-Aid instead of taking it back to the dock to fix properly. Patience is a virtue.
Bourn is a 30-year-old...