No free-agent position player of Michael Bourn's caliber has ever taken this long to find a new team. Not when fully healthy. Not in a true open market.
In 2007, outfielder Magglio Ordonez needed until Feb. 7 to sign with the Detroit Tigers, but only because the two sides had to work out complex language due to a pre-existing condition in Ordonez's left knee.
In 1987, victims of collusion such as Andre Dawson and Tim Raines did not sign until after the start of spring training, and in some cases after Opening Day. But that market was rigged, and hardly comparable to what Bourn, 30, is facing.
Though the odds seem increasingly slim, I'm not ruling out that Bourn will land a big deal, perhaps even beating B.J. Upton's five-year, $75.25 million free-agent contract with the Atlanta Braves. By now, all of us should know better than to doubt Bourn's agent, Scott Boras.
Then again, what is Bourn's true value?
It's still unclear.
The Braves, unwilling to me...