Re-signing Bourn should be a top priority

Greg Walker is getting a lot of credit for the Braves’ offensive turnaround, deservedly so. But Michael Bourn deserves more.

His .399 OBP is second among NL lead-off hitters, he’s tied for first in runs scored with Fukey and is on pace to steal more than 50 bases. Unfortunately, it looks as if this will be his last season as a Brave, though it doesn’t have to be.

The Braves have enough money coming off the books next year to keep Bourn. But what about B-Mac, a free agent after 2013?

McCann is due $12 mil next season, and while free agency will bring him more bucks I suspect  $15 mil will be enough to retain him. So the difference isn’t that great.

Of course, that would necessitate parting ways with Tommy Hanson and JJ, but neither is looking like a long-term keeper.

Bourn is only 29 and continues to show improvement. And top-notch lead-off hitters are harder to come by. Maybe Matt Lipka develops into that guy but he’s at least two years away.

I suspect it would five years and $60 million to keep Bourn, a steep price but, based on what he’s done for the Braves offense, one I think would be worth paying. That’s roughly the same contract given Dan Uggla and, to me, Bourn is a more valuable asset, this year and beyond.

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4 Comments on Re-signing Bourn should be a top priority

  1. RonnieFranchise // May 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm //

    As much as it hurts to type, the Braves might have to part with MAC. Bourne needs to be priority #1.

  2. Jack Straw // May 13, 2012 at 5:24 pm //

    For what he means to a team, re-signing Bourn is justified at that price. And this is a rare instance where a five (5) year deal would not be a gamble.

  3. williemontanez // May 13, 2012 at 11:08 pm //

    I love Mac, but unless the NL adopts the DH, I don’t know if giving him a Molina (if he would even take 5/$75) contract makes sense for this franchise.

    Bourn has impressed me in that he is a much better hitter and CF than I thought. I think a 34 year old Bourn making $12mm/year to play CF sounds safer than a 33 year old Mac making $15mm to catch.

  4. rankin' rob // May 14, 2012 at 6:33 am //

    Keep both of them. I’m sure John Malone will be willing to divert a few hundred million dollars he’s been using to try to buy control of satellite radio for his baseball team. Wouldn’t he?

    Unfortunately, I think Brian’s long-term future lies in playing DH. Of course, Bud the Pud might force the NL into the DH so that might work for us anyway.

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