apparently this morning Rosenthal followed Gammons and said he didn't think it would happen because it would establish a precedent (from MetsBlog)
Matt Cerrone states Mets will NOT sign Bourn if it costs them the first rounder which i completely agree with and that it was reported by Mike Puma of the Post that the Mets do not want to go beyond 3 years for him (i've thought 3/36-39 without losing the pick was the only scenario that made any sense)
Alderson said the reason he doesn't want to give up the pick is not only the potential talent you might miss out on but also the subsequent decrease in money you'd be able to spend on the draft (i believe the amount of money you'd be allotted to spend on that slot would be deducted from the overall total you could spend on the draft....plus in prior years if you gave up your first rounder you could attempt to draft and pay over slot to make up for it in later rounds an option that is NOT available under the new CBA)
Apparently, Pete Gammons is of two minds on the subject.....
I think a waiver is unlikely.
>> I think a waiver is unlikely.
I don['t think the Mets are going to get this protected. If Selig did it without a change to CBA, if would be viewed by other teams as the Mets getting preferential treatment. That would open a can of worms. I don't understand how those working on the CBA didn't see this situation coming.
"if would be viewed by other teams as the Mets getting preferential treatment."
They most likely already DO get that treatment with fred being friends with selig. Selig would never force fred to sell....that's pretty evident. Why can't their friendship benefit the FANS for once?
I don't think they are going to sign him even if they gained a draf pick.
Boras will hold out for 6 or 7 years, no way the Mets go for that.
Then we don't sign him.
It's the difference between maybe 5 wins anyway.
yes,in regards to where we are at this point in the offseason we'd all think that Bourn's price would be lower,but then we've all seen where all you need is one other team to jump in if they think he's going to sign somewhere else for a cheaper contract and up the ante a bit and we're off to the races,even if it's just a two team race
but i think the sticking point as far as Bourn and the Mets is concerned is the draft pick
this is what i think is stupid
the mets arent asking for an exception...they are requesting that the rule be adjusted permanently...which it should be bc the current rule is stupid and departs from the way it has always been done.
im so sick of hearing how the only reason the wilpons havent sold is b/c of selig...its just not true
how many owners have been forced to sell the team by the commissioner? and don't bring up frank mccourt bc that was a WILDLY different situation in which the owner was embezzling money out of a team that he never paid for