Bruce Levine writes that the Cubs "have had conversations with Michael Bourn's agent". Bourn is coming off an excellent season, putting up a 6.4 WAR largely on the basis of his stellar defense and baserunning ability. As a hitter, he's right around average, batting .274/.348/.391.
He's a great player and would fill a big void in CF, but he was said to be seeking a 5 year deal worth close to $100M. Considering you're talking about a 30 year old speed player, this doesn't seem like a move Theo or any rebuilding GM would make.
- He's willing to do a short term deal.
- This is just Scott Boras, Bourn's agent, playing games by drawing interest in his client. Everyone knows the Cubs have money. Everyone knows they need a CF. Boras "has had conversations." Hmmm. Just vague enough to mean anything and just juicy enough to send the Chicago and even the national media to their keyboards to spread the word. Maybe trying to light a fire under the Phillies.
We'll see if this has legs. Until then, call me skeptical.
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