Last night Jon Heyman reported that Michael Bourn agreed to a four-year, $48 million dollar contract. The deal includes a fifth year option that could raise the value up to $60 million.
The Mets made a four-year, $48 million offer to Bourn, too, but didn’t include a vesting option like Cleveland did, Heyman reports. Also, the Mets pick 11th in the draft, so their pick isn’t protected. They were going to file a grievance to see if they could keep their first-round
pick…the Mets would have faced weeks of waiting on MLB to resolve the situation and Bourn elected to sign with the Indians before they pulled back their offer. The Mets did not want to forfeit a first-rounder to sign Bourn.
I have said before that if I were the Mets, I would have signed Bourn regardless of a decision over the first round pick. $12 million per year is a very fair price for Bourn and when you consider he is a Scott Boras client, it is more than reasonable. Some people might say the fourth year is too much, but when you look at the current market, it doesn’t seem too extreme or out there. In PR terms, I suspect the fans will once again feel like they got played by Sandy Alderson. After talk for weeks about how interested the Mets were and the talk about how he still had money to spend, the player winds up going to another team. It is a story that sounds all too familiar.
Heyman followed up his report with a tweet saying the Mets should now target Drew Stubbs. Stubbs is a career .241/.312/.386 hitter with great defense in center field.
Stubbs is no All-Star, but he is someone I have always liked.
That being said, saying Stubbs has trouble with strikeouts is like saying the new Star Wars movie will do okay in the box office. He has his flaws, but his 162 game averages still are around 20 homeruns and 37 steals. He is not ideal, however. With the Mets’ lack of any better options, I am not sure they can pass on him, assuming the Indians aren’t asking for anything crazy.