I dont know why you dont think this will help us for the future as well. As far as I know 2014 we are expecting to compete. Correct me if im wrong but Bourne will still be at the back end of his prime for 2014 AND 2015. He would be a great player to have in those years if we want to compete, of course with a 2nd or 3rd outfield acquisition.
He is an above average leadoff hitter and if signed he will be important to us in the future! Not too far id say 2016+ we look elsewhere.
Ideal Contract: 3 year 30-35 million. Since Boras is his agent its most likely gunna be 3 yr 45 mill
PS: I still like it even with giving up a pick...yea its not ideal but honestly its not as if every first round pick is guaranteed to be an mlb talent
(Disclaimer: if the deal is anything above 50 Million and 4 years or more I change my stance. But I stll wouldnt be that upset about it)
" Bourne will still be at the back end of his prime for 2014 AND 2015"
Even at the front end of his prime he was never that great....that's the problem., the only things that stand out are his above average base stealing and fielding. Don't get me wrong those are valuable assets but all this hoopla for someone who doesn't excel at anything else?? I would not mind passing. Or the very most 1 year deal with an option...depending what he does this year we can retain him.
Everything combined. Fielding, hitting, baserunning, position played, etc. A snapshot of this is WAR, but when you break it down you can see the value provided.
On his defense:"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." But to be fair here's the rest of the article:http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/michael-bourns-questionable-future-defensive-value/ My final thoughts on him:Would love not to lose a draft pick and get him on a deal less than five years. Wouldn't be surprised to see a bottom ten protected team sign him for what's he's looking for or a build-up year for the next off-season, or even see a big team with a later pick sign up in a lineup that can "build him up."
i disagree that 3/50 wouldn't be paying him like a star because it certainly would....17 million a year is way over the top for a nice player like Bourn,i would never pay him that much and i'm pretty sure Sandy won't either...Jose is making 17-18 a year why would we pay Jose-Light close to the same yearly salary?
no loss of the draft pick and 3/36 with 39 the max,IMO
"Don't get me wrong those are valuable assets but all this hoopla for someone who doesn't excel at anything else??"
There are only five tools in baseball and Bourn has two.That's not too shabby.