That is because a player like Bourn is good for a team that is 1 player away. Think about like the trade the Braves just made. Now they are an elite team.
The Mets are 4th place with or without Bourn. In fact, fixing the poison pen would help the Mets more than spending 15M per year for Bourn. So if the Mets take 15M and sign 2 relievers who could potentially close if needed and a Hairston type OF, the Mets would be better off.
Now, it is not that I wouldn't want Bourn but not if it cost the Mets the 11 draft pick. Now when you are building the farm and a better future.
Here is a list of CF who can potentially be FA after this season:
Alfredo Amezaga (36)Rick Ankiel (34)Coco Crisp (34) - $7.5MM club option with a $1MM buyoutRajai Davis (33)Jacoby Ellsbury (30)Carlos Gomez (28)Curtis Granderson (33)Franklin Gutierrez (31) - $7.5MM club option with a $500K buyoutTony Gwynn Jr. (31)Nyjer Morgan (33)Andres Torres (36)Chris Young (30) - $11MM club option with a $1.5MM buyout
So if we don't get Bourn this year, there are plenty of CF next year.
Carlos Beltran (37)Endy Chavez (36)Shin-Soo Choo (31)Nelson Cruz (33)David DeJesus (34) - $6.5MM club option with a $1.5MM buyoutChris Denorfia (33)Mark DeRosa (39)Matt Diaz (36)Jeff Francoeur (30)Corey Hart (32)Xavier Nady (35)Nyjer Morgan (33)Hunter Pence (31)Ichiro Suzuki (40)
Jason Bay (35)Endy Chavez (36)Mark DeRosa (39)Matt Diaz (36)Ben Francisco (32)Raul Ibanez (42)Reed Johnson (37) - $1.6MM club option with a $150K buyoutAustin Kearns (34)Jason Kubel (32) - $7.5MM club option with a $1MM buyoutNate McLouth (32)Mike Morse (32)David Murphy (32)Xavier Nady (35)Laynce Nix (33)Martin Prado (30)Ryan Raburn (33)Delmon Young (28)
No we do not have to sign him we need to agree with him and that agreement can be with the condition the pick is protected then if they rule against us the agree is voided.
That said I would still sign him, Picks are just that draft picks, not sure things, Not guys who wil help the team now but guys who you have to sign, Pay and hope thye become something in 4 years.
We have an above average player at every infield spot and now have atleast an average player at C with potential to be so much more when TDA is ready,
Have an above Average rotation,
Had a weak pen that was so far below average it was the worst in the NL that has had a lot of the garbage taken out and could be decent to even good,
Our OF right now IS NOT GARBAGE that is something idiots with no clue says, Our OF as it is is young and unproven but only a dush would assume they know what Capt K is after 300 ABS or Baxter is after 200 or even Duda is after 700 ABS, That said you add a guy like Bourn now you have one proven leadoff hitter and only need two of the four guys you have fighting for the other two OF spots to work out.
I am tired of posters like you.
How do you the mets can not contend? BASEBALL IS NOT PLAYED ON PAPER!!!!
We have an above average player in the infield and potentially the Catchers spot to,
The OF right now is not garbage but rather young and unproven, Do you have any clue what Baxter can be based on his 200 abs? Do you know what Capt K can be based on his near 300 ABS? How about Duda you have any clue what he might be based on his 700 ABS?
We have an above Average rotation and have a pen that could be good.
I wish you people would stop saying we are a fourth place team as if you have seen the future.
Lets see Thole, Shoppach and Nickeas combined to be the worst offense from the Catchers spot in the league replaced with Buck and TDA
Over 600 ABS wasted on Bay and Torres that will go to better hitters
So that is 1200 ABS that will be taken by better hitters in 2013 then in 2012
Santana another year removed, Harvey for a full year, Gee back and now Marcum far outweights the loss of Dickey
The worst offenders in our pen gone, Replaced with young guys.
"Santana another year removed, Harvey for a full year, Gee back and now Marcum far outweights the loss of Dickey"
That is ABSOLUTE GARBAGE! You are wrong.
"Over 600 ABS wasted on Bay and Torres that will go to better hitters"There is No proof of that.
You never say anything, You make statments like "thats garbage" but what have you ever really said?
Dickey was one pitcher, We got half a season of harvey last year (His ERA was a as good as Dickey's if memory serves) we get him for a full season, That is 10 to 15 more starts, Santana's ERA over his first 16 games before getting stepped on was I think the exact same as Dcikeys, Gee was better then the guys we used as our fifth starter, Marcum had a mid 3s ERA
Math is simple, we need to replace 220 innings with an ERA below 3,
A full season of Harvey makes up for 110 of those innings, 25 starts from Santana instead of 16 makes up for 55 of those innings, Dont forget Wheeler should come up mid seasonthen factor Gee for 180 Innings is better then the guys who made up the fifth sport and Marcum for 180 Innings is much better then the ERA we got from Young
And there is proof whoever wins the job will be better then Bay/ Torres because they were just horrid.
Funny you can complain about ow bad Bay and Torres was but then actually not think whoever takes over will be better, AAA players would ahve produced better.
Addition by subtraction.