Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 1/14/13
I don’t understand why I continue to read posts and comments about the Mets needing to sign center fielder Michael Bourn. Why? I look at Bourn’s age (30) and his career numbers, and I don’t see what the fascination is all about. Is it just the speed? Bourn, who is represented by Scott Boras, is reportedly seeking a deal worth $100 million dollars as a free agent. I see that number and it takes me back to the Jose Reyes situation a year ago. Wasn’t the main reason we didn’t re-sign Reyes due to the fact that his entire game relied heavily on his legs? Wasn’t one of our chief concerns that speed is usually one of those assets that rapidly declines when you’re on the other side of thirty? Why would we give Bourn the same deal Reyes was looking for when he is a year older than Reyes and plays less of a premium position than Reyes did? Honestly, I really don’t see the logic here. Bourn’s speed is already in decline and while he plays a spectacular defense in center field, his on-base sk...
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