First off, I'll believe the Mets are signing Michael Bourn when I see them introduce him at a news conference and present him with a ceremonial cap and jersey. So, the debate over the type of draft pick they should forfeit for him probably is a pointless exercise.
Oh, the Mets' interest in Bourn is serious, according to major league sources. Heaven knows they need outfielders. They have only $33.55 million in commitments for 2014, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts, giving them the flexibility to sign Bourn -- or any free agent, for that matter -- to a back-loaded deal.
But forgive me for being skeptical.
Yes, the Mets locked up third baseman David Wright with an eight-year, $138 million extension in November. But over the past three offseasons, they've signed only one free agent for more than $3.5 million -- reliever Frank Francisco, who received $12 million. Tip money for Albert Pujols.
Now the Mets are going to spend on Bourn, a 30-year-old center fielder whose value will ...