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