Multiple teams are interested in free agent center fielder
Michael Bourn, including the Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati
Reds and Boston Red Sox, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
According to executives here,
free-agent center fielder Michael Bourn is among the most popular available players, so
popular he's getting interest from teams that are completely unexpected,
including even the Red Sox.
Beyond the Nationals, Phillies, Reds and Red Sox, Heyman
considers the Los Angeles Dodgers to be a “very big long shot” to land Bourn this
Bourn’s former team, the Atlanta Braves, are still said to
have interest in the speedster, but he may fall out of the club’s price range.
They may look to a less expensive option, such as Angel Pagan, to fill their
void in center field.
The San Francisco Giants are also said to be targeting
Pagan, who they acquired last offseason from the New York Mets, as their first
center field choice this offseason. However, if he signs elsewhere the club
could look to Bourn.
The Phillies and Nationals have both been in the market for
a center fielder, and the Red Sox could be seeking Jacoby Ellsbury’s replacement
in center as 2013 could be the 29-year-old’s final season in Boston.
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