Originally Posted by PuffyPig
SO, teams won't give up their first round pick for these guys, yet a year later will give up better and more prospects to obtain them?.
Yep, it's an irrational universe. Though it should be noted that there's a fairly large qualitative difference between a mid-high 1st rounder and 2nd and 3rd round picks. Teams believe they can hit the lottery with a 1st rounder, they really ought to know better with later picks. On top of that, they're less romantic about the kids in their system.
Plus, I suspect the real drag on those two getting signed is their agent. Of course more than a few teams deserve to be pilloried for not signing Bourn and Lohse. The Orioles are placing their bets on Nate McLouth when they could have Bourn instead? Seriously? The Boston Comedy Sox pitching staff couldn't benefit from signing Lohse? Or the White Sox? The Twins ought to want him back. In other circumstances fans ought to be up in arms that their teams are letting quality players sit on the shelf. Why spend you money if the team won't spend its money? The mitigating factor is Boras. It's reasonable to believe he's still being unreasonable.