The Mets are interested in signing free-agent OF Michael Bourn, who met with Sandy Alderson a few weeks ago in Houston. The Mets will likely offer him a three- or four-year deal, though reports indicate Bourn is still seeking a five-year contract.
Bourn will cost Alderson a first-round draft pick, according to new league rules. However, Alderson believes he should not have to give up the pick, because of a possible loop hole in the rule. So, there is talk the MLB Player’s Association could file a grievance with MLB, on behalf of the Mets, to protect Alderson’s top pick…
3:10 pm: The Cubs, Rangers, Indians and Mariners have more interest in Bourn than is being reported (Rosenthal, FOX Sports).
12:30 pm: MLBPA executive counsel David Prouty says he’s been in talks with MLB through the Mets regarding Bourn (Cafardo, Boston Globe).
Feb. 10: There has been no discussion between the MLB and MLBPA regarding the team’s draft pick (Martino, Daily News).
Feb. 7: Teams negotiating with Bourn believes he’s more likely to get $14- $15 million per season than $11- $12 million (Bowden, SiriusXM).
Feb. 7: The draft pick ruling will be in hands of an independent arbitrator, not the commissioner’s office (Martino, Daily News).
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Feb. 6: The Mets have discussed giving Bourn a three-year deal, but not worth more than $15 million per year (Rosenthal, FoxSports).
Feb. 6: The Mets may be willing to offer four years to Bourn (Sherman, NY Post).
Feb. 6: The Mets are comfortable guaranteeing three years to Bourn, and they’re open to discussing an opt-out clause after one season, as well as options for a fourth (and maybe a fifth) year (Cerrone, MetsBlog).
Feb. 5: The Indians might consider signing free agent Bourn if his price came down a lot (Olney, ESPN).
Feb. 5: David Wright has spoken to Bourn to try and pursuade him to join the Mets (Puma, NY Post).
Feb. 3: The Mets are still determining whether or not to sign Bourn (Cafardo, Boston Globe).
Feb. 1: Peter Gammons said he feels MLB will protect the Mets first-round draft if they sign Bourn, who would then likely sign with the Mets (MLB Network).
Jan. 29: Alderson recently met with Bourn and Boras last week in Houston, however the Mets do not want to offer Bourn more than a three-year deal (Sherman, NY Post).
Jan. 28: Bourn is still seeking a five-year deal (Puma, NY Post).
Jan. 27: Sandy Alderson said on MLB Network Radio he would like some sense of how the league will rule on the pick before signing a free agent who is subject to draft compensation, such as Bourn.
Jan. 20: The Mets will consider signing Bourn if he reduces his asking price and length of commitment (Cafardo, Boston Globe).