Originally written February 10, 2013 on Mets360.com:
The offseason is winding down, and the Mets still have a small bit of business to deal with. Michael Bourn still remains unsigned, and the Mets are one of the only suitors. The problem is that if the Mets sign Bourn, they may have to surrender their eleventh overall pick because of the new draft-pick compensation system. However, the Mets, The Major League Baseball Players Association or Boras could file a grievance that would be ruled on by an arbitrator in the event that the Mets wish to sign Bourn. Since the Mets were truly the 10th worst team in baseball their pick should be protected. If the Mets do get the grant it becomes more of a question of how much they should they pay for Bourn than whether or not they should sign him. Bourn has a lot of value wrapped up in his legs. He’s a monster on the base paths, and he’s arguably one of the best defensive center fielders in the game. When a player ages, it seems as though the first thing that goes is their legs. For a one-dimensio...
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