PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Michael Bourn remains on the Mets' radar. Despite reports of the outfielder's contract demands Thursday, however, the free agent appeared no closer to signing with a new team.
"We're still in the mix, but I couldn't really predict anything at this point,'' general manager Sandy Alderson told fans Thursday during an interactive video chat on mlb.com.
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Alderson fielded a variety of questions, but the Mets' pursuit of Bourn generated the most questions from fans. Earlier, ESPN reported that Bourn, 30, is seeking a deal worth $14 million to $15 million per season. According to a person familiar with the team's thinking, the Mets have entertained three-year offers for Bourn, who would be an instant upgrade over any of the outfielders currently on their roster.
"For us, he would be a very nice fit,'' Alderson said. "But at the same time, we have to keep it in perspective.''
Nothing has changed regarding one obstacle standing in the way of a deal. A league source said Major League Baseball has held firm in its stance that if the Mets sign Bourn, they will forfeit the 11th overall selection in the 2013 draft as compensation. The Mets contend that they should keep their pick because it originally was within the top 10, which by rule is protected.
Though Frank Francisco remains the Mets' closer, his hold on the job appears tenuous, perhaps opening the door for another reliever to take over. Lyon has experience as a closer.
Return of Tradition
The Mets' spring training home is going back to the past for its new name. The facility once again will be known as Tradition Field, as it was from 2004 to 2009. The club announced the agreement Thursday with Tradition Florida, a developer of real estate.