Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 2/12/13
The word came down last night: Michael Bourn – the last “real” outfielder on the free agent market – had signed a four-year, $48 million contract with the Cleveland Indians. The pact also included an easily-achievable incentive option for a fifth season, which could bring the total figure to $60 million. In other words, a Boras Special. Initial reports indicated that the Mets offered a nearly identical package — sans fifth-year option – and that New York was really Bourn’s first choice, but the sticking point was the two-to-three weeks it would have taken for MLB to rule on whether or not the team’s #11 draft choice was actually protected. So that pipe dream goes down and goes down hard. Where, then, does this leave the Mets? Barring anything unforeseen, the Opening Day outfield shapes up to be Lucas Duda in left field, Kirk Nieuwenhuis in center and Mike Baxter around in right. It’s not exactly Ken Henderson/Willie Mays/Bobby Bonds. Hell, it may not even be Mookie ...
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