The Mets are not willing to give up the 11th overall pick in this year's MLB draft by signing Bourn. Now, ESPN and MLB Network Radio reporter Jim Bowden says that the Mets 11th overall pick will be protected if they sign Bourn.
However, the Mets have to convince Major League Baseball and the MLBPA to changed their draft compensation rules. But, according to Bowden, it would be a successful pursuit.
The Mets are willing to offer Bourn a four-year contract worth close to $15 million dollars annually. He made $6.85 million last season with the Atlanta Braves.
His agent Scott Boras has been trying to get a five-year deal out of teams. But that has caused teams to show little interest in the speedy outfielder.
In addition, teams have not been willing to sign Bourn to a contract because it would cost any team a Top 10 pick in the first round.