The Chicago Cubs have had conversations with free agent centerfielder Michael Bourn’s agent, according to a major league source.
Bourn’s agent is the infamous Scott Boras, who is reportedly seeking a free agent contract for his client in excess of $100 million. Levine admits that this wouldn’t seem to make the center fielder a fit for the Cubs, but he adds that the team could view him in the same way the Washington Nationals did Jayson Werth a few years ago.
Chicago has said that it will look to address its outfield this offseason, and Bourn would provide the team a veteran presence in center along with a leadoff hitter to top their lineup. The 31-year-old hit .274/.348/.391 with 26 doubles, 10 triples, nine home runs and 42 stolen bases in 55 attempts.
While the Cubs certainly have the payroll flexibility to make a free agent splash this winter, I’m not expecting this type of signing. Given Bourn’s age and the fact that he’s likely to be closer to overpaid than had at a bargain this offseason, I’d expect the team to spend its money elsewhere in free agency or continue investing into its minor league system as it builds for the future.