The New York Mets have been tied to free agent center
fielder Michael Bourn throughout the offseason, but they continue to be a
longshot to sign him. Still, the team is serious enough to have met with Bourn
and his agent, Scott Boras, last week for dinner, according to Joel Sherman of
The New York Post.
To that end, general manager Sandy Alderson and assistant GM
John Ricco travelled to Houston last week to have dinner with free agent center
fielder Michael Bourn and his agent, Scott Boras, The Post has learned.
This doesn’t mean a deal is pending, as Sherman characterizes
the meeting as “more a getting-to-know-you session than a dollars-and-cents
negotiation.” Bourn’s next contract remains a major hurdle for the Mets. The
free agent is seeking at least a five-year commitment, while New York is only
interested in going three years.
Sherman notes that Bourn and Boras may be willing to agree
to a shorter-term contract if it would include an opt-out clause that would
allow Bourn to hit free agency again following the 2013 season. New York is
holding out hope that the remainder of Bourn’s market will evaporate, and he’ll
have to ultimately agree to their offer.
Boras is also saying that if the Mets sign Bourn their credibility
will be increased next offseason when they are attempting to sign other free
Gotta love the work Scott does. Maybe next he’ll dig up one
of his mystery teams?
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