Any team that signs Bourn will have to forfeit their first round draft pick, as that is the league-wide rule for type A free agents. However, the Mets have the 11th pick in this year’s draft and although they would love to have him on their team, they want to part with their second round pick instead of their first–the Mets want to have their cake and eat it too.
This is not the way the baseball world – or any other world, for that matter – works. The Mets know the deal if they sign Bourn, and will have to either pony up the draft pick or look elsewhere.
Now, I firmly believe that Bourn would be a great fit for a Mets team that is lacking both outfield prowess and a leadoff hitter. Starting the season with Rueben Tejada as your lead-off hitter and Kirk Nieuwenhuis as your center fielder isn’t a recipe for excellence if you ask me. Bourn has played in that division before as a member of the Atlanta Braves and is just a year removed from a season with 61 stolen bases and 193 hits.
If I’m a Mets fan I’m screaming at the top of my lungs to bring in someone who can get on base for Ike Davis and David Wright to drive in.
The Mets have the money with John Buck‘s and Frank Francisco‘s contracts coming off of the books this season, and the club also has a national television deal set to come through in 2013 as well.