Mets draft pick will be in hands of an independent arbitrator

Mets hatThe Mets still hope to sign free-agent OF Michael Bourn, though nothing is imminent, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Alderson has said he refuses to give up his first-round draft choice to get a deal done, which would be necessary if signing Bourn.

However, the decision about the draft pick would be in hands of an independent arbitrator, not the commissioner’s office, Andy Martino explains in the Daily News.

To read more about the possible arbitration process, which would need to be initiated by the MLBPA on behalf of Bourn, read Martino’s report here.