"Teams can't trade a newly signed free agent until after June 15 of the following season, unless the player gives written consent. "
Well Mets are allowed to negotiate with Bourne so I think it would be possible to get his consent to that.
i thought they had to be on your roster a certain amount of time before you could do that.but im not sure.
heres the snag though.its sound in theory.but the problem is if the other team wants to trade bourn like a superstar and take flores,meiijja,etc ,you get the idea.then you just traded good prospects top protect a player that isnt even chosen or signed yet.
Didn't the Mets just trade their rule 5 draft pick, so wouldn't be something similar to that?
Well you would be negotiating the trade before hand, so you would be giving them something worth in between a 11-50th draft pick.
yeah but it was more a whisper in the ear type of thing.and i think the rules are dif with free agents on that.
if not,if it can work,sure, w.t.h.
Lol Buster Olney just wrote an article on the same thing I suggested, at least I think so anyone subscribe to insider?
Only if the signing team picked up most of the contract.
It is the Wilpons, don't ya know.
It's now on MLB trade rumors, Cleveland is the perfect team to do it because all they will be losing is their 3rd round pick.
"One would have to think if that could be done, a lot of teams would already have picked up on that strategy. "
Well compensation rules have changed, No matter who signs Bourne the Braves will recieve a compensation pick at the end of the first round, If the Mets sign Bourne the Mets lose the pick but nobody gets it, rather everybody just moves up one spot as if that pick never existed.
"Ok here is my question if the Mets were to sign Michael Bourne it would cost them the 11th overall pick"
Uh, being in the bottom 15, doesn't that mean we don't surrender a pick?
"Uh, being in the bottom 15, doesn't that mean we don't surrender a pick?"
Bottom 10 are protected not bottom 15.