Michael Bourn is still looking for work and apparently a bunch of Mets fans have been asking Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger if the 30-year-old outfielder would be a fit in New York.
The answer is no, because while the Mets have an obvious opening in center field general manager Sandy Alderson made it very clear to McCullough that they have no interest in surrendering the 11th overall pick in June’s draft to sign Bourn. And rightfully so.
“We don’t want to lose our first-round draft pick,” Alderson said. “We think that’s one of the ways we got into the predicament we’ve had over the past couple of years. We’ve very wary of that. It’s not our M.O.”
And of course whether Bourn is actually worth a big long-term contract is another issue entirely.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have discussed a trade involving starter Matt Harvey with at least two teams. Apparently, the Mets were even willing to move Harvey for a reliever.
The Mets tendered Harvey a contract on December 1. He’s entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility and will likely see a slight bump from last season’s salary of $5.125 million. As a result, there was some thought going into late November that the Mets would non-tender Harvey.
Harvey, 28, made 18 starts and one relief appearance last year and had horrendous results. He put up a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings. Between his performance, his impending free agency, and his injury history, the Mets aren’t likely to get much back in return for Harvey. Even expecting a reliever in return may be too lofty.
Along with bullpen help, the Mets also need help at second base, first base, and the outfield. They don’t have many resources with which to address those needs. Ackert described the Mets’ resources as “a very limited stash of prospects” and “limited payroll space.”