The New York Mets finished with a record of 74-88 in the 2012 season, a record that put them in the bottom half of Major League Baseball. The Mets will have the eleventh pick of the 2013 MLB Draft, and not the tenth pick because the Pittsburgh Pirates are receiving a compensation first-round pick for not signing Mark Appel last year. The Mets believe that since they finished in the bottom-10 of baseball, they should have a protected first round pick. Only top 10 draft picks are protected.
After reading that, you are probably wondering why that is important? Well, the Mets are highly-interested in free agent outfielder Michael Bourn. However, if the Mets do sign him, New York would have to give up a first round draft pick to the Atlanta Braves since Atlanta offered Bourn a contract prior to Bourn becoming a free agent. The Mets are trying to fight that though.
The Mets are planning on asking baseball for an exception arguing that they earned a top 10 spot by finishing with one of the worst records in baseball, and that they should have to only give up a second pick. The ruling in favor of the Mets is unlikely and if it were in favor of the team, New York would entice Bourn to lower his price.
Bourn is a high commodity for the Mets, but some say the team should focus more signing proven relievers instead of Bourn, since they would not have to give up the 11th pick of the draft.