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  1. I think Scott Boras would rather kill himself than let Bourn get less money that Upton. For some reason, I don’t think Scott Boras will kill himself.

    Comment by TKDC — December 7, 2012 @ 10:21 am

  2. The Nationals look like they won the CF sweepstakes by getting Span for a minor league pitcher. Span fields almost as well as Bourne (according to Bill James) and is a similar type hitter, and one year younger.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — December 7, 2012 @ 10:25 am

  3. Nothing mentioned about Scott Boras? Gee, I wonder why Bourn is “the least sought after 5 WAR player in recent memory”.

    Comment by Nik — December 7, 2012 @ 10:32 am

  4. Shouldn’t Coco Crisp be on the list of CF trade targets?

    Comment by wade — December 7, 2012 @ 10:51 am

  5. Look how Prince Fiedler had to settle!

    Comment by Rob — December 7, 2012 @ 10:59 am

  6. That is what I keep coming back to…. doesn’t make any sense to me. Especially after snagging CY. I think DeJesus is another guy that hasn’t gotten much attention, but could fill the hole for cheap.

    Comment by Lg4ny — December 7, 2012 @ 11:16 am

  7. If he ages like Kenny Lofton? Bourn doesn’t have and has never had Lofton’s contact skills, power, batting average or walks. The only point of comparison is that they’re both fast and black.

    Comment by YanksFanInBeantown — December 7, 2012 @ 11:42 am

  8. If Victor Martinez had stayed healthy, Prince would have had to play on a one-year contract. Maybe a Boras operative will kneecap Austin Jackson next month.

    Comment by Cookierojas16 — December 7, 2012 @ 11:45 am

  9. Austin Jackson IS a Boras client.

    Also if VMart had stayed healthy they just DH him instead of Delmon and have a much better team. 2 years of VMart wouldn’t have stopped Illich from getting Prince.

    Comment by BX — December 7, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

  10. Plus, Marc Hulet’s new post calls the Nationals’ AA center fielder Michael Bourn with more power.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — December 7, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

  11. With the talk of the Cubs, why don’t the Pirates step in? Slide Cutch over to Left, Bourn in Center and then Marte in Right. That outfield would have quite a bit of range.

    Comment by Los — December 7, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

  12. The Bucs have far greater needs in the rotation to spend money on. BTW, they don’t have Bourn money to spend anyway.

    Comment by Pirates Hurdles — December 7, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

  13. I was basically throwing it out there assuming his price fell. That outfield D would help a pitcher like Wandy greatly though.

    Comment by Los — December 7, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

  14. They already have two centerfielders in the outfield…

    Comment by Pitnick — December 7, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

  15. It’s hard to look at Bourn’s slash line and get excited about his productivity. Even knowing about the value of defense, base running, defensive spectrum…maybe I’m still too traditional but 6+ WAR for what his did last year seems way too high.

    Comment by LIz Phair — December 7, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

  16. Like the topic … but didn’t like the grammatical and stylistic execution. I typically couldn’t care less but by the end of the post accumulation of comma offenses and other errors pushed me to comment.

    (I’m not saying hire a copy editor … simply providing one reader’s reaction.)

    Sample:

    Bourn is the least offender in most of these areas

    With two upper echelon free agents remaining, and a few intriguing trade targets conceivably on the block

    and it would likely to take an awful lot to bring in someone

    Ellsbury might only be a one-year rental, and the Red Sox will look to bring in a nice haul for the former MVP candidate.

    Fowler is young, but hasn’t rated well in the field, and hits like Davis when away from Coors Field.

    Centerfielders with terrific defensive and baserunning skills, who get on base at an above average clip to fully utilize those baserunning abilities, don’t typically struggle

    Comment by EditPolice — December 7, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

  17. I can’t wait to see the spin when the Mariners overpay for Bourn.

    Comment by fo fo fo — December 7, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

  18. As a braves fan, I’m glad they don’t have him. He’s very one dimensional. Almost his entire value comes from his speed. Defense, infield singles, bunt for a hit, stretching hits an extra bag, I don’t see that lasting. He’s on the wrong side of 30. His 2013 will probably still be good, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a very dramatic fall after that. He kind of fell of near the end of last year. I know it’s not that predictive, but at his age, I saw it as a preview of his post-prime years.

    You could end up paying 17M a year for a defensive replacement/pinch runner.

    Comment by Antonio bananas — December 7, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

  19. Bourn gets on base because of his speed. How much longer will he keep that speed? Ow much longer is his bat speed going to stay at a level he can sufficiently put the ball in places he can run out?

    Comment by Antonio bananas — December 7, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

  20. I’d like to see Bourn go to the Orioles and have them shift Jones to Left.

    Comment by Ari N — December 7, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

  21. But would he have started getting him otherwise? The narrative last year certainly was that the VM injury directly led to an opening of the purse strings in Detroit. There wasn’t much buzz about the Tigers being in the running for Prince’s services before that. Maybe they’d always planned to swoop in and the injury just forced them into the open earlier, but like I said that wasn’t the way the story was framed last year.

    Comment by joser — December 7, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

  22. I’m not sure how you can’t wait for something that isn’t going to happen.

    Comment by joser — December 7, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

  23. They’re also both skinny and wear mustaches.

    Comment by TKDC — December 7, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

  24. Agreed. He’s always been an averagish hitter overall (which is, of course, above average for the position, but still), with most of his positive value coming from the steals and defense, both speed based. And I personally thought he already looked slower in 2012 than in 2011. I beleive it’ll be a bad contract sooner rather than later, perhaps as soon as 2014.

    Comment by Snowman — December 7, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

  25. He may be atop the market (as the header says), but, what market is there? It is almost getting to be “He is at the top of the (8track, cassette tape, video tape, bell bottom jean, — pick anything well out of date) market.. Who cares if he is at the top, if the market has dried up (which it is doing very fast.

    He, and his agent have to realize that soon it will be the teams that set their price if he even wants to be employed, not a negotiated price somewhere between player and teams wishes.

    Comment by Cidron — December 7, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

  26. Where is Nyjer Morgan?

    Comment by 81 — December 7, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

  27. Well its not like the white players are ever fast

    Comment by Will — December 8, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

  28. He can’t die unless you drive a stake through his heart

    Comment by Tobias Fünke — December 8, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

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