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Bourn aimed at becoming a $50M man, at least

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08:12 AM ET 05.15 | Just what might Michael Bourn, who is batting .375 over his previous 29 games, be worth on the open market, which is where he may be headed? Is he worth a $50 million commitment from the Braves for four or five years? How 'bout $60 million for five? Or possibly even more? Or would you make him an offer of, say, $45 million for five years and say that's as high as you'd go? Or would you even go that high? Because I will say, I don't see him signing for less than $50 million, and it won't surprise me if Bourn gets a five-year deal worth $60 million or more. Maybe I'm wrong, and no team would pay that much for a player whose game is so speed-based. But I don't think so. Especially not if he's coming off a career-best season.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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May 15, 2012  08:40 AM ET
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He'll be a Yankee along with Hamilton? Waits for it

sounds about right. would love to see bourn in a braves uniform for the next five years, but they just don't have that kind of cash...well they did once, but they spent it on uggla.

May 15, 2012  08:48 AM ET

The Bourn ultimatum.

May 15, 2012  08:48 AM ET

No way do I see Atlanta paying that kind of money for Bourn. He may be good, but he's not worth it. Too bad so many of today's athletes are all about the money. If Bourn wants to go, just don't let the door hit you on the way out.

May 15, 2012  09:35 AM ET

Something tells me the .375 average isn't going to hold up ...

May 15, 2012  10:09 AM ET

All team are looking for a lead off hitter like Bourn and someone will over pay him.

May 15, 2012  10:39 AM ET

The Bourne Negotiation....

May 15, 2012  11:24 AM ET

one good year, can't give any big guarantee towards a bigger contract, in the last 2 seasons, most of the contracts given to a high profile players, have not work at all and teams owners, and GM are mad and confuse at themselves, for being mocked in soo ugly way!!

May 15, 2012  11:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The Bourn ultimatum.

You beat me to it.

May 15, 2012  12:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

No way do I see Atlanta paying that kind of money for Bourn. He may be good, but he's not worth it. Too bad so many of today's athletes are all about the money. If Bourn wants to go, just don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Eh, the way the MLB is structured the best players usually only get 1 MAYBE 2 big "paydays" in their entire career. He is one of the best leadoff hitters in the game, and deserves to get paid. It is no coincidence that starting the season with Bourn leading off the Braves offense went from anemic to leading the NL in runs scored.

Chipper's contract comes off the books this year, which SHOULD free up enough room to keep McCann in Atlanta, also they didn't sign anyone after dumping Lowe... I'd pay whatever it takes to keep Bourn in the leadoff spot... just remember how long this team searched for a top of the order guy since Furcal left....

May 15, 2012  12:52 PM ET

Bourn isn't just a great lead-off hitter, he is also one of the best CFers in the game. The Braves need to Pony up the cash to keep him.

May 15, 2012  02:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

No way do I see Atlanta paying that kind of money for Bourn. He may be good, but he's not worth it. Too bad so many of today's athletes are all about the money. If Bourn wants to go, just don't let the door hit you on the way out.

I don't see about 75% of teams paying 60 mil for him. He's good, but that's too much

May 15, 2012  02:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Too bad so many of today's athletes are all about the money

Its a business.

May 15, 2012  03:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I don't see about 75% of teams paying 60 mil for him. He's good, but that's too much

IF he gets $60 million over 5 years it would tie him for the 15th highest paid OUTFIELDER in the MLB. He'd be tied with Lance Berkman, behind guys like Jason Bay, Tori Hunter, Jayson Werth, Nick Markakis, Carlos Lee, and Soriano... CLEARLY Bourn is worth being in that class.... Sure he isn't the power hitter that makes headlines, but he hits for average, puts himself in scoring position, and is an asset in CF... as a Braves fan, I hope the check book actually comes out this offseason!

May 15, 2012  05:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Its a business.

Bourn of necessity, as well.

May 15, 2012  06:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Eh, the way the MLB is structured the best players usually only get 1 MAYBE 2 big "paydays" in their entire career. He is one of the best leadoff hitters in the game, and deserves to get paid. It is no coincidence that starting the season with Bourn leading off the Braves offense went from anemic to leading the NL in runs scored. Chipper's contract comes off the books this year, which SHOULD free up enough room to keep McCann in Atlanta, also they didn't sign anyone after dumping Lowe... I'd pay whatever it takes to keep Bourn in the leadoff spot... just remember how long this team searched for a top of the order guy since Furcal left....

right. that's the whole problem. by the time a lot of these guys get to free agency they are already at the beginning of the decline.

May 15, 2012  10:14 PM ET

Braves need Bourn more than any other team - they don't have anyone else set for leadoff OR to play CF. With Prado in LF (or even if they move Prado back to 3B, which is unlikely, I believe Francisco will be given every opportunity to play there), or even Gattis in LF (longshot, I know), that puts even more of a premium on a CF who can cover more ground. Bourn isn't just good, he's durable - he's played every inning of every game this year....and I don't recall ever hearing of an injury issue with him. I say offer 5 x $50mil for him, and be willing to take it to $60...

 
May 16, 2012  02:53 PM ET

Oh yeah 50 million dollar contract is news worthy these days

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