Michael Bourn rumors: Rays, Mets, Mariners fits for free agent?

Michael Bourn remains a free agent, and Jim Bowden of ESPN speculates that the Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets and Seattle Mariners are the three teams that make the most sense for the talented center fielder.

Bourn’s market has developed extremely slowly this winter, and it’s not clear which teams are in or out on or hot or cold on him at this point. All three of the teams Bowden mentions have been tied to Bourn throughout the winter, but so have other clubs.

The Mets have seemingly been most connected to Bourn of late, but they remain a longshot to sign him, according to reports. New York doesn’t want to go more than three years guaranteed on Bourn, while the free agent is seeking a five-year contract. The Mets, like most others teams, are also hesitant to surrender their first-round pick in order to sign the center fielder.

New York certainly has a need, and the Mariners are another club that is in the market for offense. They’ve been tied to some of MLB’s biggest names this winter, but they missed out on the likes of Justin Hamilton and Justin Upton.

The only way a deal between Bourn and the Rays seems feasible is if it’s a short-term contract with an option that allows the center fielder to opt-out and hit the open market again next year.

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