Tuesday, January 22, 2013

No Bourn in the Orange and Black

Grant Bisbee at McCovey Chronicles wonders about why no one has signed Michael Bourn yet and speculates that the Scott Boras ask price -- he thinks it's 5 years, $80 million -- is just too much for the Giants or anyone else for that matter.  

He may well be worth it as he's racked up a 19.0 WAR (wins above replacement) in the last 4 seasons including a 6.0 last year.  

There were only 5 better players in the NL last year -- Posey, McCutcheon, Braun, Yadier Molina and David Wright 

Anyhow, here's how Grant ended the post --  I wouldn't be surprised if either Pagan or Bourn were worth $80 million over the next three years. Having both would double the chances of getting that kind of value. I think. I'm not a big game-theory guy. I don't even know if that's even game theory.
In the end, it's still Scott Boras. And once a team thinks they're close to three years, another team will come back with four. And when that team's comfortable with four, Boras will get five. So there's no chance that Bourn will get within the Giants' price range, and it's unlikely that he'll get close to the range you think the Giants should have. But it's fun to dream, you know.
Close your eyes for a second, and picture Michael Bourn leading off. Wreaking havoc. Gliding around the spacious Mays Field outfield, at least for next year. Ahhhhhh. Now get back to work.

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