Here are two significant updates from Jim Bowden of ESPN XM Radio:
“With Victorino getting an average annual salary of $13 million,” Bowden says. “And with Bourn turning down a qualifying offer of $13 million, it only makes sense that he would get north of that.”
A team source (presumably the Mets) also told Bowden that if the Mets were able to sign Michael Bourn, negotiations with the MLBPA will most likely culminate in their first round pick being protected.
This is really going to boil down to whether the Mets and Bourn can come to an agreement, and if those numbers are right, his price really hasn’t come down all that much at all. Scott Boras has been looking for that range of annual dollars all Winter long.
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According to Andy Martino of the Daily News, while the Mets remain very motivated to sign free-agent center fielder Michael Bourn, they won’t make a deal if it
will cost them their first round draft pick.
It turns out that the decision about the draft ...