There is one sure-fire way for the Mets to sign Michael Bourn and not lose their first-round, 11th pick overall in the 2013 draft. And it has nothing to do with getting MLB to grant a rules exception or amendment to the collective bargaining agreement.
Archive: February 4th, 2013
According to various reports, the Mets are petitioning MLB to allow them to protect their 2013 first-round draft pick in the event they sign a free agent who rejected a qualifying offer — i.e., Michael Bourn or Kyle Lohse. However, there are strong reasons why MLB should stick to the rules.