>>>"i have no problem signing bourn. Look I admit im more positive than most BUT i am also a realist. Our OF stinks so adding bourn who provides speed and defense is needed. i think Sandy is handling this perfectly. He obviously wants bourn BUT he has waited until our pick is protected and other teams have finished their offseason. Bourn will be a met IMO"<<<
Well, I don't know if Bourn will be a Met or not, but I agree with your post. Bourn would fit several needs we have - speed at the top of the order, and defense in CF. Also agree that Sandy is playing this out perfectly. If he doesn't land him, it won't be from a lack of good strategy. He's waiting to protect his pick, and for the price to drop, and not coming off as desperate. My only problem with getting Bourn is that we not pay too much in $$$ and years for him if we do sign him. Other than that he should be a use piece.
His strikeout rate is definitely high, especially for a non-power hitter. One thing to keep in mind about the 155 K's though, is that he had 624 AB's last year. So he K'd about 25% of the time in 2012, not good by any means, but his other two recent seasons he struck out in 21% and 20% of his AB's, which is still high but a little better.
By comparison, BJ Upton has K'd between 27% and 30% of his AB's over the last 4 years. I know he hits for a lot more power, but that's a lot of swings and misses.
We'll see, it may be a moot point anyway if he signs elsewhere.
Yet, teams with very little speed and a lot of power always end up scoring more runs.
SA said it himself- Power matters in the game today.
<<"My thought is that those 156 Ks won't look good in that lead off spot. Nothing makes me feel as low as seeing the first man up strike out it takes the air out of the Balloon. I know that he won't lead off every inning but still even if he is not those Ks don't move many players around the bases. "
I hear you, but what's the difference between Bourn striking out or Reyes popping out to leadoff a game. Bourn's approx a .349 OBP leadoff hitter with 40+ SBs and a gold glove caliber CFer. He'd be a huge upgrade and really help Wright, Davis, etc