As the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings get into full swing in Nashville, there are rumors and signings all over the place. There is one free agent that I find very interesting in Michael Bourn and I think his combination of speed and power that he has found in the last year or two make him a very solid candidate for the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners need help on offense all over and Bourn would be a nice piece to put at the top of the batting order.
There are going to be people who think that Bourn isn’t a great fit or even a place that Bourn would consider going but when you really think about it, the Mariners could use a solid leadoff hitter in front of Dustin Ackley and Justin Smoak. That would at least give Seattle a chance to compete in the American League West with how top heavy the division is getting. The Mariners have the money to spend and need to make a move to get their fan base back on board again.
I wouldn’t be shocked if Bourn makes a decision in the next week or two and should be giving Seattle some very serious thought on a possible place to play. The Mariners management should be burning the phone lines up right now to make this deal happen as well and at least give the team a chance to get back to being respectable again. It isn’t going to happen overnight in Seattle but every little bit helps in the Pacific Northwest.
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