According to NY Post’s Joel Sherman, the New York Mets are still in pursuit of free agent center fielder Michael Bourn.
Sandy Alderson and assistant GM John Ricco flew to Houston last week and had a secret dinner with the center fielder and his agent, Scott Boras.
The big hurdle the Mets need to overcome to sign Bourn is money. It seems they’re trying to soften his stance in terms of financial requests. They most certainly do not want to overpay an aging centerfielder, and do not want to sign him to a long-term deal, but Bourn and his agent are looking for a five-year deal.
The Mets can definitely use Bourn’s services in the outfield and at bat, but at what cost? They shouldn’t, and most likely won’t, give up their 11th pick in the draft this upcoming June. They also shouldn’t sign the 30-year old to more than a two, or three year deal.
The Mets are hoping the demand for Bourn isn’t there so they can have some negotiating room.