Now that Wright's been extended, if the Mets are committed to winning, they need to get Michael Bourn.
One guy fills the CF, leadoff and speed deficiencies of this team and he's only 29.
If Wright was the first step, this guy needs to be the second.
<<<<Too expensive for the Wilpons >>>>
I think it's time we put this to rest.
We really don't know the game plan. It may include some FA signings, and some salary dump through trades. One never knows.
Disagree. Michael Bourne screams Contract-bust
I wouldn't go near him.
Only get guys who will be here 1-2 years.
You made a good point about the Wright signing in an earlier thread.
I agree that he likely came away impressed with the Mets future plans before approving his deal. I don't think he would have stayed long-term if the plan is to sign a bunch of middling vets to short-term deals and wait 4 years for Nimmo.
Bourn's a year younger than Wright, so even if the Mets don't compete in 2013, he's another building block going forward. If the Mets don't have a lot of money to work with this year, FA signings could be backloaded, beginning with good money starting in 2014.
Exactly. The Mets are finally getting out under the Large contracts of Bay and Santana. Its Not time to sign another guy to a huge deal unless he's legit.
Trade for a guy who will be a year stop-gap, or sign a guy like Victorino for a year.
<<"How much is Bourn worth, especially in a weak free agent market. He's been a below average player throughout his career with one plus offensive skill, speed. To me, a guy like that isn't worth the contract he'll get due to the weak free agent class."
His OBP is .340-.350, probably better than Reyes.
Like Reyes, he plays a premium defensive position and is a leadoff hitter with speed.
Unlike Reyes, he's been relatively healthy.
He's a guy, whose offensive and defensive skills should translate very well to Citi.
I think he's a lot better than below-average. I'm thinking above average.
As far as a weak FA class, not really for CFers, but in any case, if it's a guy your team needs, then spend the money. You can't keep waiting around for a good or great FA class, thinking you'll save a few mil.
His contract terms IMO will be lower and less risky (injuries) than Reyes', for a similar type player.
"Trade for a guy who will be a year stop-gap, or sign a guy like Victorino for a year"
A stop-gap for who?
It's not like signing a stop gap pitcher, while waiting for Wheeler.
We don't have to sign a Starting Pitcher this offseason, So don't expect.
It would be VERY hard to make the 2013 team competitive on paper. They'll need some lucky breaks for that too happen. I'm looking towards 2014
<<"you want to pay a 30 yr old "speed" OF a 100 million dollar contract"
No. I've read 5/85, but I doubt he gets that much.
As for Reyes, I think the Mets would have kept him for those numbers, but he got more and had injury concerns. I also would have preferred Reyes over Bourn, but don't fault the Mets for not matching that deal.
5-years?! NO FREAKING WAY
I'd rather Victorino, and I HATE that guy.