According to Andy Martino of the Daily News, while the Mets remain very motivated to sign free-agent center fielder Michael Bourn, they won’t make a deal if it will cost them their first round draft pick.
It turns out that the decision about the draft pick would be in hands of an independent arbitrator, not the commissioner’s office. Here is how the process could work:
The players association could file a grievance on behalf of Bourn, a Type A free agent, at any time before or after he signs a contract.
The union could then argue that since the Mets were the 10th-worst team in baseball in 2012, they should have a protected pick, and be able to sign Bourn without losing it.
I’m not sure if this means the Mets would have to roll the dice and actually sign Bourn before it goes as far as filing a grievance, scheduling an arbitration hearing, and then waiting for a decision to be rendered. It kind of sounds to me that none of this will happen until the Mets actually sign Bourn which woul...