Originally Posted by Brittingham.Sam
I'm not sure why so many think Bourn is good solution to cincy's problems. From what ive read it appears he is looking for around 10 mil a year. Obviously he is an offensive upgrade over stubbs, but is he worth the amount he and Boras are going to ask for? I doubt it.
Bourn is a career .272 hitter. you don't pay .272 hitter 10 mil a year unless he hits 30 bombs, saves a dozen games a year with the glove, or steals like 100 bases.
Wily taveras had a career batting average and obp of .274 and .320
Bourn has a line of .272 and .339.
Taveras career fld% .985
Bourn fld% .992.
Taveras's largest annual salary was 2.25 mil and bourn is asking for 10 mil. based on those numbers bourn looks like he is worth more like 5 or 6 mil. not 10.
If the reds want a cheap solution to their leadoff problems give Hamilton a shot. If he still isn't ready after a month or two you can make an upgrade through a trade that will still be cheaper than the 10 mil bourn will want
Bourn is the best defensive CF in baseball and gets on base at a .350 clip, as such he'd be a massive upgrade over Stubbs et al. I'm not saying I'd offer him a 4-5 year deal but if his market evaporates he's willing to sign a one year deal and try free agency again in 2013 the Reds would be crazy not to make him an offer.