As the Marcum deal has again awakened the fan base, it seems as though the outfield possibilities remain very much in flux.
With Scott Hairston taking his very limited talents to Chicago, the picture for the Mets becomes clearer–they don’t have much of an outfield.
Yes, there is some potential among Kirk, Duda, Baxter, Valdespin, and even Turner and Lutz, but really, this is a crapshoot of the highest magnitude.
While Michael Bourn may be a pipedream–or a pipe nightmare for some–the feeling here is that he might be a nice fit for this team if the Mets were able to sign him for 3 or 4 years and possibly not lose that first round draft pick.
Little HR power, far too many Ks, but a very Reyes-like OBP, 2B and 3B power, draws some walks, steals lots of bases, and, perhaps most importantly, plays great defense in center field.
This team is set up to be led by young starting pitching for years. Putting Bourn in CF and moving Kirk to a corner OF spot instantly moves the Mets’ OF defense to another level; a pretty good one actually.
Building a great defense behind Niese/Harvey/Wheeler/Gee/etc. could be the best thing Alderson could do. In addition to the runs he would save out there, Bourn’s play would also improve the confidence of young pitchers as they would know they don’t have to be quite as perfect with guys behind them who can really run the ball down in the outfield.
No, Bourn is not a superstar, but he has a lot of skills, and if this team is indeed going to begin spending again after Johan and Bay’s revolting contracts finally are gone, they can afford Bourn.
What do you think?
Let’s hear it!