I still think he has flaws in his game and a regression could occur.
I get that you have to take chances on signing FAs long term, but I don't think Bourne is the right player to take that chance on.
We are still very lefty-heavy. We lost Hairston and gained d'Arnaud and Cowgill. That doesn't solve the lefty-heavy issue.
Our only right handed bats projected to be in our starting lineup are Wright, Tejada, d'Arnaud, and possibly a completely unproven Cowgill in some sort of platoon.
Out of those guys...which one of them is proven to be a power hitting righty MLB hitter. Wright is the only guy and TDA could possibly turn into that one day. Thats it.
If we are going to make a long term investment to an OFer...I'd prefer it to be a righty.
I think its 2012 lol.
He is a solid CF that could help us, but I don't love the idea of giving him 5 years 60 mil.
I would love would it would indicate about our FO, but I'd also rather us spend that money on a different player next offseason.
Two sided coin for me.
Who would you rather get next year? Also it's unrealistic to acquire a ton of pieces in one off-season.
Davis and Murphy are our only two overall lefty hitters that are proven, but we have tons of guys who put up respectable number against right handed pitchers. However, against lefties...these same guys were awful.
You can't tell me that simply getting rid of Thole fixed our issues.
Even Ike and Murphy struggle against lefties (Ike a bit more).
The fact is that our lineup sucks againts lefties and this is an issue. It will continue to be an issue until we make moves that bring in proven hitters that can play almost everyday and hit lefties well.
Replacing d'Arnaud with Thole doesn't magically fix the problem. Remember, we lost Hairston who crushed lefties.
All I am saying is that it does not seem as though our funds are limitless. We aren't exactly in position to spend like its monopoly money.
If we are going to spend, I'd rather it be on a righty or switch hitter...not another lefty who strikes out and has issues from year to year with hitting lefties (Bourn has been up and down in this area).
I like Bourn, but I don't love him enough to sign him for 5 years, 60 mil.
Last edited by Wrigheyes4MVP; 01-26-2013 at 12:31 AM.
And isn't next year the offseason where Santana's contract comes off the books? Maybe Bay's too? I'm not exactly sure but that sounds right to me.
Listen, if we can sign both then thats fine.
But, if we can't...I'd rather save the money and spend more to get a player like Hart.
I don't think we need to sign multiple guys. I am fine with making a Corey Hart type of signing and letting the young guys develop.
I don't think we need to acquire a ton of pieces via FA to get to where we need to go. I just think we need to make the right signings...and one impact signing at that. Thats all I think we need.
Last edited by Wrigheyes4MVP; 01-26-2013 at 12:37 AM.
As much as I want them to do something, and add payroll.
I just don't understand giving Bourn a big deal, I think it's a bad move.
It would make me me more upset that they didn't sign Reyes last year.
Reyes is so much better.
We need outfield help badly, but I just have a bad feeling about this, if he signs.
Unless they get him on the cheap, then Ill understand, wish it was just a one year deal.
One thing is near certain, Bourne isn't getting the $18 million/year predicted by the pundits. That was never a realistic number anyway. Interesting that Alderson and the Mets would challenge MLB. I thought they were all in bed with Selig.
Umm. Bourn' fwar over past 4 years has been incredible. That run makes him the 2nd best CF in the league for the past 4 years, narrowly behind Andrew McCutchen.
This Bourn hate is hilarious. Silly Mets fans. You guys got no clue. If you get him 5/75, that's a STEAL for your team going forward. Who the hell else are you going to get for CF?
Last edited by Dugmet; 01-26-2013 at 03:28 AM.