The New York Mets are continuing negotiations with free agent
outfielder Michael Bourn, according to Mike Puma of The New York Post. However,
Bourn is still seeking a five-year commitment, an offer the Mets are unwilling
to extend at this point.
Latest on Michael Bourn negotiations: He wants at least five years, and Mets aren't willing to go there.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) January 28, 2013
Not only are the Mets hesitant to offer Bourn the number of
years he and agent Scott Boras are seeking, but New York also doesn’t want to
surrender its first-round pick in order to sign the free agent center fielder.
Instead, the Mets are seeking a ruling from Major League Baseball that would allow
them to send the Atlanta Braves their second-round pick, not No. 11 overall, if
they were to sign Bourn.
Until these hurdles are cleared, it wouldn’t appear that the
Mets are not a likely landing spot for Bourn. Still, no team is a clear fit at
this point, so New York figures to continue to be tied to the speedster until he
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