"To put on a show. To make it look good. Just like their non-offer to Reyes."
Except their non offer to Reyes was the exact opposite of what you are saying. If they wanted to put on a show they would have made him an offer they knew he would refuse. Awful Example.
<<"I find it a bit stupid for a team who didn't sign their draft pick to be allowed to draft in the same spot for the following season. "
That doesn't bother me, but any do-over picks should not have any impact on the 10 worst teams. It seems the rule was imposed to give the 10 worst team a further competitive advantage in free agency, especially since their higher picks are more valuable than those from already good teams who draft in the 20's. I think in the fair interest of the rules' intention, the Mets 11th pick should be protected.
Isn't Bourn the same age as Wright and likely to sign a shorter contract (maybe 4 years)?
At some point, the Mets are going to need to acquire good OFers and there aren't many of them in the system?
>> Why would they be fighting for this if they don't plan on taking advantage of it? >>
Goop point. And I think the target is Lohse, BTW, not Bourn.
" Can a team like the Astros just let their first rounder go for 2 or 3 years of weak drafts waiting for a Harper and a Strasberg to come along and then grab the top 3 picks in the first round?"
You can only not sign a pick once, If Pittsburgh fails to use that comp pick this year they will lose it.