The Mets have talked to the agent for free agent speedster Michael Bourn and discussed internally several scenarios how they could make signing the outfielder work, according to someone familiar with the club’s thinking.
It’s unclear how serious the Mets are about Bourn, but the person characterized the possibility of adding him as “not off the table,” perhaps depending on a ruling from Major League Baseball about whether the Mets would have to forfeit their first-round draft pick.
...The Mets currently hold the 11th pick in this year’s amateur draft, even though their 74-88 record was the 10th-worst in baseball in 2012. Under normal circumstances, the Mets would have had the 10th pick, but they were bumped one spot lower because the Pirates failed to sign Stanford right-hander Mark Appel, who Pittsburgh picked eighth last June. The current system calls for teams that don’t sign their first-round pick the previous year to get a pick one spot lower the next year.
Had the Mets stayed in the top 10, the pick would be protected, and signing a free agent such as Bourn would result in them losing only a second-round pick.
The Mets confirmed Wednesday night that their draft pick this year is No. 11 and therefore not protected, but one source said they don’t believe the ruling by the league is final. Some in baseball don’t believe the Mets would sacrifice such a high pick to sign Bourn.
“I don’t think they want to lose that pick,” said a baseball executive who requested anonymity because he was speaking about another team. “They’re in a division with the Nationals and the Braves and they’re not in that category. Timing is everything and they’re not in a position to win. I don’t believe they’re on the guy.”
Posted: January 24, 2013 at 06:41 AM | 44 comment(s)
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