Mets unsure on Michael Bourn

Michael Bourn #24 of the Atlanta Braves

Michael Bourn #24 of the Atlanta Braves (Credit: Michael Bourn #24 of the Atlanta Braves (Getty Images))

The Mets won't rule out the possibility of Michael Bourn patrolling the Citi Field outfield next season, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.

Bourn, an All-Star last season for the Atlanta Braves, is still a free agent with less than three weeks to go until spring training.

While general manager Sandy Alderson appears open to adding an outfielder, he doesn't want to do so at the expense of the future.

"We don't want to lose our first-round draft pick," Alderson told the Star-Ledger on Jan. 8. "We think that's one of the ways we got into the predicament we've had over the past couple of years."

In addition to having to give up the 11th pick in the draft, the Mets may be reluctant to give a hefty contract to a 30-year-old player.

Bourn, who has spent the majority of his career in centerfield, hit .274 with nine home runs, 57 RBIs and 42 stolen bases in 2012.

Should the Mets choose to sign the seven-year veteran, he would immediately become the top producer in an outfield featuring a platoon of Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Collin Cowgill in centerfield, Lucas Duda in left and possibly Mike Baxter in right.


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