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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 table.. This offseason came with between five and six teams in need of a center fielder after their center fielders hit free agency. It was to be and has been a center field merry-go-round. Bourn’s old clubhouse, that of the Atlanta Braves, gave BJ Upton $75.25 MM to be their new center fielder after they were annoyed with both the slow goings of the negotiations and the asking price for the 30 year old. His next possible suitor, the Philadelphia Phillies, preferred to trade away a Major League pitcher (Vance Worley) and a top prospect (Trevor Mays) for Ben Revere than put up with Scott Boras. The Ray...
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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.
The Phillies currently are without a single...
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:
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...
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...
Mark Appel didn’t sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but we’ll probably be hearing about him at least until the 2013 draft is over. Scott Boras addressed the media today at the Winter Meetings, and Rob Biertempfel had the following quote about the Pirates’ chances of signing Appel:
“There was no communication with us (before draft). We certainly would’ve let them know we...
The Detroit Tigers, at least as far as Jim Leyland and GM Dave Dombrowski have let on, have not chased Rafael Soriano much yet, if at all. Continue reading →
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.
NASHVILLE The Dodgers offered a long-term contract to South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin on Tuesday that was promptly rejected, General Manager Ned Colletti said.
Predictably, it fell a tad short, Colletti said.
Colletti said he didnt know how the Dodgers would proceed in the negotiations.
UPDATE 5:35 p.m.: Ryu's agent, Scott Boras, said he presented the Dodgers with a...
Some fresh snow on the ground. I hope you all got home from work safely. If not, that would be a tough way to start a weekend.
Just so you know, this is why people don’t deal with Scott Boras. Also, Appel wasn’t expected to reach this stage of the draft, so why would Pittsburgh have contacted them ahead of time?
Johnny Manziel is a criminal mastermind that must be stopped.
LEFT HANDED PITCHER
Born: December 3, 1987
Drafted: 2nd round, 58th overall, 2009 (Tigers)
How Acquired: Trade from Tigers (for Ramon Cabrera)
College: Oklahoma State University
Agent: Scott Boras
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