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Before the 2012-2013 MLB offseason even kicked off, the one free agent I wanted the New York Mets to make a play for was Michael Bourn. Given that the Mets haven’t pursued any big name free agent since the ill-fated and historically awful contract handed out to Jason Bay, the chances of that seemed astronomically small. Surpringly, Bourn’s name has increasingly been linked to the Mets over the past several weeks to the point where they appear to have emerged as the favorites to land the prized free agent center fielder.
In order for Bourn to sign on the dotted line, though, there are two hurdles that need to be cleared: his contract demands, and the draft pick compensation the Mets would have to give up. Bourn’s agent, Scott Boras, has been consistently asking for a minimum contract of 4 years at $15 million per season. Given how the Mets have been pinching pennies since 2011, that may be out of Fred Wilpon’s price range. Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog.com says the Mets would prefer a 3 year contract worth $40 million. Continue reading
Former Oswego State forward Brendan McLaughlin, who tallied 150 points in a celebrated career for the Lakers, has found a new home across the Atlantic. The 2009 graduate is in his first season playing for the ECDC Memmingen Indians of Germany’s Bavarian Landesliga.
Despite being a rookie, McLaughlin has taken no time in showcasing his abilities to his European hockey brethren. In just 23 games, McLaughlin has tallied 49 points, an average of over 2.1 points per game. Those 49 points are good for second overall in the league and only one point behind the league leader, fellow Canadian Ron Newhook. Continue reading