"Michael Bourn is a pretty terrific defensive center fielder. Last year, he was the best defensive outfielder in baseball by UZR (after you account for the positional differences), grading out as 25 runs above an average defensive player, and it wasn’t a one year aberration, as no player has a higher FLD+POS rating over the last four years either. With over 6,500 innings big league innings, we’re not dealing with problematic small samples either. Bourn has been a tremendous defensive asset this far in his career."
Interesting discussion on future value:http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/michael-bourns-questionable-future-defensive-value/ But again, > Pagan.
"We already have Mike Baxter. "
Mike Baxter is a fourth OF'er at best. He is not and never will be on the same level as Bourne.
You can't really be serious with the "already have Mike Baxter" comment.
Outstanding speed and defense do not grow on trees. He ranked 2nd in all of baseball in both SB and UZR last season.
Statistically, his value was $28.9 million, ranking 13th in the game and 5th among outfielders.
He's a poor man's Jose Reyes. (But not NEARLY as good). Reyes used to get killed for his low OBP out of the leadoff spot. Bourn is worse.
Wright gets called 'whiffboy' for his high # of K's.....Bourn is worse.....and he doesn't even hit for power.
If we were talking about a Delmon Young type contract here, then most definitely. But rumors suggest that he wants approx $15M per year.
No effin way.
"Reyes used to get killed for his low OBP out of the leadoff spot. Bourn is worse."
They're essentially the same: Reyes has a career OBP of .342, Bourn is .339.
"Wright gets called 'whiffboy' for his high # of K's.....Bourn is worse"
Again, same deal: Wright's 162 game average is 130 strikeouts and Bourn's is 126.
It's absolutely crazy to talk about a guy who is among the best stealing bases and defending in terms of a Delmon Young type contract.
"Who cares about a draft pick?"
are you usually one of the ones that used to complain about the mets minor league status.im not sure but i could swear ive seen your tag in these discussions.Well,if your are.remember those conversations before asking Who cares about a draft pick?