The MetsBlog’s Michael Baron and I have been ‘going at it’ (in a nice way… we’re online friends) lately about whether or not the Mets should sign OF Michael Bourn and lose their first round pick.
Yes, he will play at 30+ years old and he hits from the left side of the plate, but the market for him continues to close and it seems like a 2-3 year deal is now a strong possibility.
What Michael and I agree on is that neither of us have any desire to lose the first round pick in the next draft. But here’s where we go in different directions.
Does it really matter if you lose a pick that turns out to be a high school senior that has an ETA of 2017? And, is there any guarantee that Sandy and Company would pick an outfielder anyway? They didn’t pick Courtney Hawkins last year when his name was still on the board and instead went for another shortstop.
It seems to me that there is very little left to both the trading and free agent market this season and Michael Bourn may be the most talented outfielder per dollar spent on the market. He would immediately step in after producing 42-SB, 9-HR, and 57-RBI for Atlanta. He didn’t do this for some high school team in Wyoming. Oh, I’m sorry… there are no high school baseball teams in Wyoming.
Let’s go in the other direction. Let’s say the Mets turn comes and there is a legitimate college junior like Austin Wilson out there. High school phenoms Austin Meadows and Clint Frazier will be gone (which is fine), but there’s a good chance that Wilson, Vanderbilt’s Tony Kemp, Fresno State’s Aaron Judge and San Diego’s Kris Bryant will be available. We have no guarantee that Sandy and Company won’t call out the name of another middle infielder.
No, I’m simply not impressed with the Alderson 2011 and 2012 drafts and I want some meat now.
Sign Bourn, put him in CF, and bat him 1-2 with Ruben Tejada.
The team loses no pitching and is more competitive overnight.