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While many believe the price tag attached to signing free agent OF Michael Bourn is beyond reach for the Reds, at least one baseball writer thinks they could still be in the mix to acquire the prized leadoff man.
In this blurb, ESPN's Jason A. Churchill suggests that the best bets to land Bourn are the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and the Reds. The Mariners and Rangers are currently in a bidding war to sign free agent slugger Josh Hamilton, which may leave Cincinnati as the best possible place for Bourn to land at this point, argues Churchill.
As much as I would love to see this happen, I don't see it coming to fruition, especially if Ryan Ludwick agrees to the 2-year deal the club is offering him. Cincy just recently committed a good chunk of money to Jonathan Broxton after inking him to a 3-year deal that will pay him $21 million over that span. The Reds already have $73.2 million of payroll committed to 2013, including a $2.5 million buyout of Ryan Madson. ...
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PhilliesTags: Michael BournPhilliesOn Wednesday night, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported that the Phillies are “past the tire-kicking stage” in pursuit of free-agent centerfielder Michael Bourn, and the team is now trying to gauge what kind of money it will take bring Bourn back to Philadelphia.
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As the market for center fielders dwindles, the Seattle Mariners loom as one possibility for Michael Bourn.
At least on the surface.
The Mariners, if they fail to land outfielder Josh Hamilton, are still going to need offense. And Bourn is the next best offensive player remaining on the open market, though certainly not a slugger like Hamilton.
Here’s the problem:
It’s rare to see so much offseason activity related to a premium position like centerfield, especially this early in the offseason. The market was always considered deep, but it has been surprising to see an equal number of trades as free agent signings. With two upper echelon free agents remaining, and a few intriguing trade targets conceivably on the block, this centerfield carousel...
With the recent trade of Ben Revere to the Philadelphia Phillies, Michael Bourn’s only home seems to be with the Seattle Mariners. Bourn is represented by Scott Boras, who has the reputation of carrying negotiations into January. He appears to have taken that same strategy with Bourn, but this time it is going to come back to bite him as now has little leverage at any negotiating...
Bad news for Michael Bourn – the Phillies just emphatically closed the door on bringing back the free agent center fielder, giving up Vance Worley and top prospect Trevor May to acquire Revere from the Twins. Given the price that we just saw Denard Span go for last week, this is a bit of a shocking price for Revere, and looks like a significant overpay for the Phillies.