The swell of players in spring training is too much for a 25-man roster to handle. As a result, trades made in advance of Opening Day often include diamonds in the rough, due to lack of options and other factors. Could Domonic Brown be one of those gems?
Browsing Archive February, 2013
According to a league source if the Mets were able to sign Michael Bourn it is likely through negotiations w/union pick would be protected
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) February 7, 2013
Bowden is now an analyst for ESPN and SiriusXM.
If true, this would eliminate one huge roadblock between the Mets and Bourn. The remaining roadblocks would be the length and value of the contract. According to Bowden, who has been a veritable font of knowledge today, Bourn and his camp are looking for $14-15 million per year. The Mets, at this point, are not willing to pay that much, nor are they willing to give him the five years he’s looking for. They’d love a three-year deal, but might settle for four.
The Mets rounded out their bullpen by signing veteran Brandon Lyon. Lyon is 33, and enjoyed a fine 2012 with Houston and Toronto. Combined, he appeared in 67 games, posted a 3.10 ERA, and had the highest SO/9 ratio of his eleven-year career (9.3).
Finally, GM Sandy Alderson answered questions from fans on Twitter, and as always, Mets tweeps took it very seriously.
While the Mets engage in draft jujitsu with Major League Baseball over their eleventh round draft pick, and play a game of cat and mouse with Scott Boras, Wright contacted Bourn personally to lobby the center fielder to come to Flushing.
Wright talked, and exchanged text messages with, the speedy center fielder in an effort to sell him on the Mets.
“I just wanted to let him know that he would be a great addition here and he’d obviously be welcomed here,’’ Wright said after his first early workout at Port St. Lucie.
“I talked to him a couple weeks ago, and I told him, ‘You’re always in the right place at the right time, your work counts,’’’ Wright said. “I’ve always had great respect for him and the way he plays the game and have always kind of chatted with him when he gets to third base.”
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.
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.
The Mets finally have a legitimate MLB outfielder on their roster. Sort of.
Travis Hafner will call New York his home in 2013. The Bronx, NY, that is.