Referring of course to Sandy Alderson, who in a year where anything named "sandy" spells disaster (Superstorm, Sandy Hook, etc..) is demonstrating already that nothing he does will break the chain.
The Mayor wants us to believe that they offered "appx the same" over 4 years as the $48M the Indians signed Bourn for. So then the "bad guys" are set up to be MLB, as it would;ve taken up to 2 weeks to decide upon the "compensatory pick" issue and Michael Bourn, who wouldn;t wait 2 weeks for a ruling.
First. Why SHOULD he wait? He's got an offer on the table for $48M RIGHT NOW. What if he waited, and MLB ruled against our GM (likely) and he decided to retreat and pull back the offer. Then Bourn has nothing.
Second, MLB is not at fault here either. The rules are the rules. While the 'spirit" of the rule may be a valid argument, and it might make sense at some point for MLB to amend it...but not to suite a team in the middle of trying to sign a FA without penalty. At best, it'll be done at the next owners meeting and apply to 2014 and beyond.
So here it is. The Mets had a deal in place with Bourn but let losing the 11th pick in the draft become the determining factor. A pick by the way that has less than a 20% chance of ever stepping on a MLB field. And we're supposed to believe Sandy has a clue?