Re: Michael Bourn
Gotta love Walt - the roster he has slowly built allows him to sit back and wait until the dominoes fall. His team could use a major upgrade at CF, but they don't necessarily need more than a minor tweak. LF needs addressed as well, but it will be on his terms. Even if Ludwick takes a bigger deal elsewhere, Walt has enough in-demand prospects to find get what this team needs.
A one-year Madson-like contract is ideal for this team, and Bourn is the perfect guy for the 2013 roster. He's what we hope Billy Hamilton can become. He'd be playing in another contract year. The perfect speedy, defensive-minded, one-year bridge to Billy. I thought it would be a guy like Victorino who would fall through the cracks. Maybe Swisher. And it might take $12 MM to make it work. But if I'm Bourn and I have the choice between 5 years in Seattle at $10 MM/per, or a chance to make a big splash in the Cincinnati lineup, I know where I'd go.
And if Bourn does end up in Seattle, Milwaukee, wherever - go get Crisp.