Seattle Mariners rumors have a Michael Bourn signing still possible this offseason. According to a report from CBS Sports on Thursday (Jan. 24), despite adding several players already this offseason, the front office in Seattle has "kept engaged with Bourn."
With the Atlanta Braves likely out of the market after the Justin Upton trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks, that might make Bourn signing with Seattle more of a possibility. He would certainly look good at the top of the lineup for the Mariners and he could easily slide into center field for at least the 2013 season.
The Mariners do already have Franklin Gutierrez and Michael Saunders capable of playing center field, but neither player can step into that lead-off hitter role that Seattle needs. Second baseman Dustin Ackley was the primary hitter at the top of the batting order last season, but there were a number of times where he just didn't look comfortable. With few other options, it makes Bourn a very attractive signing.
On paper, it would seem like the Mariners have no room to add another outfielder, but a Michael Bourn signing might just be worth trading one or two players already on the 25-man roster. These Seattle Mariners rumors are fresh, so the team appears to still be looking into netting him, but signing Bourn to only a one-year deal wouldn't make sense for the long-term health of the team.
Last season for the Atlanta Braves, Bourn posted a .274 batting average with 42 stolen bases and 96 runs scored.
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