Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 1/27/13
The debate rages on whether or not the Mets should forfeit their first-round pick, the #11 selection overall, in order to sign free agent Michael Bourn. Those in favor of the move point out that Bourn would address a major need for the Mets while those opposed think the club is unlikely to contend while Bourn would be good and that the club would be better off continuing its youth movement by stockpiling draft picks. When the offseason started, Bourn was not on my radar. It seemed like the Mets would not be able to afford him and his lack of power and his batting from the left side of the plate seemed like it would not be a great fit for the club. Then throw in the draft pick it would cost to sign him and it seemed like a foolish idea. But after spending more time thinking about all of the pros and cons, my opinion has changed. Part of my initial opposition to signing Bourn was my belief that he just wasn’t very good. But it’s four straight years now that he’s been better than good....
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