Bourn blazes to career-best start in free-agent year

The good news is that no player has been more durable this season than Michael Bourn, no NL leadoff hitter has had more of an overall impact on his team, and arguably no center fielder has played better defense.

Bourn and Heyward both had huge roles in the Braves' sweep at St. Louis over the weekend.

Bourn (left) and Heyward both had huge roles in the Braves' sweep at St. Louis over the weekend.

The potentially not-so-good news is that Bourn is eligible for free agency at the end of the season and no contract negotiations have taken place between the Braves and his high-power agent, Scott Boras, who advises most of his clients to test the open market, especially when they’re in the last year of their contracts and so close to free agency.

“We thought that was a good place for him, a good environment,” Boras said to a general question about Bourn playing so well in his first full season with the Braves, and whether there had been any contract discussions. “The team in Atlanta was a really good fit. Glad it’s working out for everybody.”

But what about contract discussions?

“The good news is, Michael’s playing well and the team’s doing well,” Boras said. “That’s a good lineup, you know?”

Ah, yes. This could get interesting this summer and fall, folks.

Boras did say this: “[Braves GM] Frank [Wren] and I have talked. He knows he’s got a good spot there and a good team. Our position is, when this thing is all said and done, I’ve got to believe this [Braves] ballclub is going to be a part of Michael’s considerations, a strong part. There’s just a lot of things there for him that work out very well.”

Bourn has been on fire since the second week of the season, batting .375 (48-for-128) in his past 29 games with nine extra-base hits, 22 runs, 10 RBIs, a .437 OBP and a .906 OPS. The Braves are 20-9 in those games.

Bourn went 16-for-43 (.372) with a .940 OPS on the just completed 7-2 road trip, including 8-for-17 with three multi-hit games in the sweep at St. Louis over the weekend.

He played every inning of every game on that trip, just as he did every inning of every game this season before the trip. The Braves have not had another player take one at-bat in the leadoff spot this year, nor had another player in center field for one out.

Bourn leads the NL with 168 plate appearances, second only to Texas’ Ian Kinsler (170). No other major leaguer has more than 160 PA’s.

He’s tied with Josh Hamilton and Rafael Furcal for second in the majors in hits with 51, three behind Derek Jeter (54).

The three-time NL stolen-base champion has 11 stolen bases, tied for fourth in the league — six fewer steals than the Marlins’ Emilio Bonifacio and one behind the Cubs’ Starlin Castro and Dodgers’ Dee Gordon. Bourn had two or three stolen bases wiped out by bad calls in the past couple of weeks.

But whether or not he wins another stolen-base title isn’t going to have much if anything to do with the value of his next contract, which is sure to be very large.

Bourn, 29, is currently hitting .336 with a .399 OBP and .421 slugging percentage (.820 OPS), which would all easily eclipse his career-high marks if he were to maintain them over the course of the season. (His bests are .294 average, .354 OBP, .386 slugging, .738 OPS, and 61 steals, which he’s done twice).

In case you haven’t noticed, Bourn doesn’t seem the least bit stressed about pending free agency of indecision over where he might play next year. In fact, for the past month he’s looked as comfortable and confident as one can imagine he’s ever looked in a big-league uniform. Ask him about contract talks and he’ll smile, laugh and say something along the lines of, Nope, we’re not going there. Boras handles that.

“My philosophy with players is you give him information and try to make them comfortable,” Boras said. “Michael’s very comfortable with what he’s doing, what his focus is…

“So you just focus on the performance of the club during the year, then we’ll see how it goes in the offseason. That’s kind of how we try to keep these guys focused on their performance and their goals. Michael’s never won, so he’s really focused on his agenda and helping the team.”

When I speculated in the offseason that Boras might ask for at least $10 million to $12 million annually in a four- or five-year deal, some scoffed and said no way a speedster with no power would get that kind of deal.

What do people think now? Consider that Matt Kemp just hurt a hamstring and the Dodgers would probably rather see him play a less-stressful position over the length of his $20 mill-a-year contract. And the Nationals, with their pitching staff, might want to fortify center field in the offseason. Those are just a couple of teams with money and possible needs – and oh, just happen to be teams Boras deals with often.

Michael+Bourn+RoSvKtWOLhXmAnd I would note than while Boras has declined to give any specifics on what Bourn’s asking price might be on the open market, I think it’s worth nothing that he again – like he did when I asked him in January – mentioned Johnny Damon as a similar-impact player, noting that Damon’s defense and speed were critical components for the Red Sox championship team in 2004.

Might be worth noting, Damon got a four-year, $52 million free-agent contract with the Yankees after the 2005 season, at age 32.

Yes, Damon hit 56 homers and drove in 299 runs in four seasons for the Red Sox, while Bourn’s home run this weekend was just his ninth in four seasons. Different type of players in terms of power, obviously, while Bourn’s a far better base stealer and center fielder. And for now, he’s hitting at a higher average and OBP than Damon did, though it’s just six weeks and Damon’s career numbers top Bourn’s in those areas.

Boras will present this as the current Bourn, who has made major strides and will continue to going forward. (Others might argue that he’s a speed-based player a year away from turning 30, therefore a risk.)

“He’s a really good learner,” Boras said of Bourn. “We talked a lot since we started represending him [a couple of years ago] about his approach and his philosophy, what maximizes his responsibilities and what he needs to use. Wow, he’s just really utilizing that information in how he approaches pitchers. Plus his skill set … it’s really great to see a player who’s an athlete and who’s experiences are starting to allow him to play better.”

(Folks, if you hear the sound of cash registers or Pink Floyd’s “Money” playing in the background, so did I.)

To let Boras finish the thought:

“He’s got premiums – Gold Glove center fielders are hard to find. The other premium is a leadoff hitter. And I also think Michael has that personality where he is just really capable of fitting in with a group of people. He has a lot of things about him – his responsibility to conditioning and his work ethic in the offseason; he’s very much of a professional. And frankly, in the industry, for me, when I talked to him way back when about representing him, I told him I thought he was misunderstood about what value he brings. Very similar to Johnny Damon early in his career…”

There goes that name again.

So, Braves fans, let’s speculate. 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.

Cha-ching.

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Bourn CF
  2. Prado LF
  3. Freeman 1B
  4. Uggla 2B
  5. McCann C
  6. Jones 3B
  7. Heyward RF
  8. Pastornicky SS
  9. Delgado P

• Etc.

Sunday’s win at St. Louis, coupled with the Nationals’ loss at Cincinnati later in the day, moved the Braves into sole possession of first place in the NL East for the first time since March 31, 2011, when they won on Opening Day. The Phillies won their opener the next day, April 1….

The Braves open a four-game homestand tonight with the first of a two-game set against the Reds, whose Joey Votto hit one homer in 101 at-bats over a stretch of 30 games before hitting three homers on Sunday against the Nationals, including walk-off grand slam. He was the first player in baseball’s liveball era to finish a three-homer (or four-homer) game with a walkoff grand slam.

Dan Uggla has hit .357 with a .438 OBP, 1.017 OPS and seven RBIs in his past seven games, despite striking out in 12 of 28 at-bats in that span. He’s 10-for-28 with three doubles, two homers in that period. Uggla now has 40 strikeouts, tied for third in the NL with Jordan Schafer. Yes, the ex-Brave leadoff-hitting Schafer. Forty….

Freddie Freeman is tied for 10th in the NL with 35 strikeouts, but is also tied for second in RBIs with 28, same as Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez and the Dodgers’ Kemp. L.A.’s Andre Ethier and St. Louis’ Carlos Beltran lead with 32 apiece….

Heyward had seven RBIs in seven hits on the just-completed road trip. He went 3-for-15 with a 12-inning homer, a three-run double and five RBIs in St. Louis, with eight strikeouts and one walk in three games. Heyward is 10-for-50 (.200) with three HRs, eight RBIs, eight walks and 18 strikeouts in his past 14 road games (.322 OBP, .444 slugging).

• OK, let’s close with a John Hiatt classic, which you can hear him do live with accompaniment by great guitarist Sonny Landreth by clicking here.

John+Hiatt

“MEMPHIS IN THE MEANTIME” by John Hiatt

I got something to say little girl
You might not like my style
But we’ve been hanging around this town
Just a little too long a while
You say you’re gonna get your act together
Gonna take it out on the road
But if I dont get outta here pretty soon
My head’s going to explode

Sure I like country music
I like mandolins
But right now I need a telecaster
Through a vibro-lux turned up to ten

Lets go to Memphis in the meantime baby
Memphis in the meantime girl

I need a little shot of that rhythm baby
Mixed up with these country blues
I wanna trade in these ol country boots
For some fine italian shoes

Forget the mousse and the hairspray sugar
We dont need none of that
Just a little dab’ll do ya girl
Underneath a pork pie hat

Until hell freezes over
Maybe you can wait that long
But I dont think Ronnie Milsap’s gonna ever
Record this song

Lets go to Memphis in the meantime baby
Memphis in the meantime girl

Lets go to Memphis in the meantime baby
Memphis in the meantime girl

Maybe there’s nothin’ happenin’ there
Maybe there’s somethin’ in the air
Before our upper lips get stiff
Maybe we need us a big ol whiff

If we could just get off-a that beat little girl
Maybe we could find the groove
At least we can get a decent meal
Down at the Rendez-vous

‘Cause one more heartfelt steel guitar chord
Girl, it’s gonna do me in
I need to hear some trumpet and saxophone
You know sound as sweet as sin

And after we get good and greasy
Baby we can come back home
Put the cowhorns back on the cadillac
And change the message on the cord-a-phone

But…

Lets go to Memphis in the meantime baby
Memphis in the meantime girl

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

1,233 comments Add your comment

braves4life

May 14th, 2012
3:03 pm

CrαZy

May 14th, 2012
3:04 pm

Thank you Blog Master!!!

CrαZy

May 14th, 2012
3:08 pm

60 million dollars!! I wouldn’t blame Bourn 1 bit for going after the cash!! I know I would!!

cricket

May 14th, 2012
3:10 pm

chipper needs education from shaun about what really is important as a hitter, may be then he’ll amount to something in baseball :) -

He needs 14 RBIs to surpass Mike Schmidt and George Brett for the most RBIs by a player whose primary position was third base. Brett had 1,596 RBIs, Schmidt had 1,595 RBIs and Jones had 1,583, entering Sunday’s series finale against the Cardinals.

“That stat right there certainly sets you apart,” Jones said. “Whatever I’m in the top five in, as far as switch-hitters and third basemen, I’m second, third, fourth or fifth — not first in any of them. That one would be a good one to be first in because that’s the name of the game: run production. It’s a goal of mine every game to go out there and produce at least one run.”

Dawg Haus

May 14th, 2012
3:10 pm

He’s the leadoff man the Braves have lacked for years. They should do all they can to keep Michael Bourn a happy camper.

cricket

May 14th, 2012
3:11 pm

well done CR -

For a while there Michael Bourn was right with Angels slugger Albert Pujols for active players with the most at-bats to start the season without a home run.

CrαZy

May 14th, 2012
3:11 pm

Atlanta isn’t getting a discount just because Bourn has played here for 1 1/2 years. You don’t hire Scott to be your agent unless you plan on getting the best deal possible. Not the necessarily the most money, but the best deal (money / years / location).

Man from macon

May 14th, 2012
3:12 pm

Can we get a picture of Carroll up there along with Dave. She may not be the hottie she was in Macon 20 years ago, but she is still easier on the eyes than Notorious DOB.

Tana

May 14th, 2012
3:12 pm

I think that Bourn is a very good fit for this team. We are in serious need of a lead off hitter that keeps the game off balance for other pitchers. With Chipper off the books, I’d decline McCann’s option and sign Bourn. David Ross full time and Michael Bourn is hardly a worse line up.

ncscoots

May 14th, 2012
3:14 pm

David Ross full time and Michael Bourn is hardly a worse line up.

Wow.

monty

May 14th, 2012
3:14 pm

I like what I see from Bourn I wish the Braves had enough to pay him. He could be a catalyst for another playoff run like we had years ago. Just coming into his prime. Simple swing and doesn’t seem to get over powered by anyone. 95 MPH fastballs are no problem for him.

phil

May 14th, 2012
3:15 pm

Interesting read, David…thanks. He’s history in Atlanta though, realistically, if the obsession is with keeping Mac. We can’t afford the guy as things presently stand unless they get really creative.

Hillbilly

May 14th, 2012
3:15 pm

I’m alright, Jack. Keep your hands off of my stack.

richbrave

May 14th, 2012
3:15 pm

richbrave
May 14th, 2012
3:04 pm

TOMAHAWKIN’:

What’s with the 12:15 p.m.? No love for your old bestist buddy?

Ward

May 14th, 2012
3:16 pm

Hello eveyone! Nice article DOB. I could go with the signing of Bourn 5 years 60 million, or less. Hope They work out a comfortable contract for Bourn like Uggla. Would love Bourn to stay.

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

May 14th, 2012
3:16 pm

I love Bourn, but you do have to be careful how much you dish out for a guy that hasn’t exactly been “elite” up until this early season and what he did right before he got to ATL last year. 29 years isn’t a baby in this game either. But damn it’d be very tempting to give him what he asks for because you can see how having him ignites the lineup.

Red Letter Edition

May 14th, 2012
3:16 pm

No offense to DOB but I read about half of the Boros stuff and just skipped to the post. I’m not saying Boros and Born won’t get their cash…. I’m just saying if you have EVER read one interview with Boros, you’ve read them all. He has a script and he inserts his clients name. _______ and compares them to god except god isn’t having as good a year this year as his client.

Jimmy

May 14th, 2012
3:17 pm

10,9,8,7,6……….

Ward

May 14th, 2012
3:17 pm

Wren, sign Bourn………..Show him the money…….

nolie

May 14th, 2012
3:17 pm

you don’t need any stats to see that all our infielders are fence posts, all ya gotta do is watch how many balls they don’t get to

phil

May 14th, 2012
3:17 pm

Tana….

Surely you jest? If not, don’t look for any jobs in your local team’s front office.

Bob the Blogger

May 14th, 2012
3:17 pm

As much as I like Bourn, it is possible to pay too much for an over 30 speedster. Most guys stolen bases fall off considerably in their 30s. My guess is some team will be willing to pay too much, and the Braves will not match the offer.

George Stein

May 14th, 2012
3:18 pm

His ability to stay in center will be the biggest variable in his next contract. If a team thinks he can stay there and provide the defense he’s given the Braves, he’ll make a fortune. His offense has been gravy for the Braves.

Ward

May 14th, 2012
3:18 pm

Move Prado to 3rd base, and Francisco in LF.

cricket

May 14th, 2012
3:18 pm

David Ross full time and Michael Bourn is hardly a worse line up.

Wow.

WOWed but not shocked, unfortunately..

Red Letter Edition

May 14th, 2012
3:18 pm

“He has a script and he inserts his clients name. _______ and compares them to god except god isn’t having as good a year this year as his client.” At least according to Boros anyway.

ncscoots

May 14th, 2012
3:19 pm

When you start hearing “premium” from Scott Boras, it’s time to hide the silverware. :-)

phil

May 14th, 2012
3:19 pm

And yet those fence posts are 22-13…..

but they do lack range….oh well, can’t have everything.

flange1

May 14th, 2012
3:20 pm

Thanks for the new blog DOB.

My guess is 6 years average 12 million per year to the Nats for Bourn.

Ward

May 14th, 2012
3:20 pm

Next year, Francisco LF, Bourn Center, and Heyward RF. Prado 3rd base.

phil

May 14th, 2012
3:20 pm

Bourn might well tank his way back to reality by the end of the year. I hope not, but he hardly lit the forest on fire for us late last year.

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

May 14th, 2012
3:20 pm

Ross is a sh** hitter, and for all the talk about his arm, I’ve seen one too many wild throws to 2nd than I should from a player who’s really only know for his glove and arm behind the plate.

David O'Brien

May 14th, 2012
3:20 pm

Braves lineup: Bourn cf, Prado lf, Freeman 1b, Uggla 2b, McCann c, Jones 3B, Heyward rf, Pastornicky ss, Delgado p

CrαZy

May 14th, 2012
3:20 pm

I’d decline McCann’s option and sign Bourn.

Chipper’s money and Lowe’s money off the books and you still think we should decline McCann?? Jesus are you wanting to give Bourn 25 million a year??

Russell Bell

May 14th, 2012
3:21 pm

If Bourne hits like this all season, I’d wager he’ll get offers for more than $60 mill over 5 yrs. I’d also wager that 2012 will be his peak season, and he won’t hit like this in subsequent years. Braves probably should let him walk… All depends on what he market is in the offseason, but I’m guessing it will be robust and overly pricey.

Tomahawkin

May 14th, 2012
3:21 pm

S/O’s to richbrave, Ward, bravesgrl4life, and ChattlantaBrian

Huge Homestand this week, Braves will take 3 of 4, You can take that prediction to The Bank!

TomahawkChoppin'

May 14th, 2012
3:21 pm

Um decline the option on a perennial Silver Slugger, All Star, and clutch hitter. I don’t see that as even an option for the front office. McCann will get a long term deal (maybe even take a little discount for the home team.) and there will be enough money left to sign Bourn, in my opinion. Chipper’s money comes off the table, and D Lowe’s money comes off the table. One can assume or hope that JJ’s money comes off the table. 14, 10, and 5.5 is 29.5 million dollars left to play with. Two long term deals can be reached for under 30 million.

CrαZy

May 14th, 2012
3:21 pm

Ross himself said he’s not a everyday catcher… Been there done that and realized he can’t do it!!

Biff Pocoroba

May 14th, 2012
3:22 pm

I think it is safe to say that Bourn is gone after this year. Someone will overpay for his services and the Braves are not known for overpaying their free agent players.

Love DOB’s blog posts, but I dislike any Braves article that is riddled with Scott Boras quotes. IMHO, no good can come of Scott Boras talking about a Braves player.

Tomahawkin

May 14th, 2012
3:22 pm

Good We Got The “Full Nasty Jacket” Lineup Tonight!

nolie

May 14th, 2012
3:22 pm

I don’t think the Braves should go more than 5/50 cause I don’t think there is any way that he keeps this up. I do think that a team with a bigger payroll will offer him more than 5/50 so I’ll be surprised if he is back

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

May 14th, 2012
3:24 pm

Ross is more good than bad with his throws, I was just saying that if thrown into a full time role to take the place of a McCann he’d better be Pudge back there. Even then that doesn’t nearly make up for what Brian does.

Hillbilly

May 14th, 2012
3:24 pm

Speaking of centerfielders having career seasons…Stay on the field, will ya’ Todd Cunningham? .330 /.385 /.398 /.783

DetroitBraves

May 14th, 2012
3:24 pm

I don’t know what Shaun said specifically but I will say that Joe Morgan was one of the greatest baseball players of all-time but he doesn’t seem to understand why he was one of the greatest baseball players of all-time, or at least not fully understand it. When we’re talking about evaulating the numbers and understanding what’s truly important a statistician is going to do that much better than a baseball player, just as a baseball player is going to understand hitting a fastball better than a statistician. Having said that, I think Chipper does understand why he has been such a great hitter and while I appreciate his RBI comment I think Chipper recognizes what is and isn’t within his control. I’ve always had the impression Chipper has a very high baseball IQ in addition to being amazingly talented.

Tomahawkin

May 14th, 2012
3:24 pm

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

May 14th, 2012
3:20 pm

“Ross is a sh** hitter, and for all the talk about his arm, I’ve seen one too many wild throws to 2nd than I should from a player who’s really only know for his glove and arm behind the plate.”

How can you Bash Rossy? The dude is the best backup in baseball…The Dude could start for a lot of teams and that Ball he hit at Chivez Ravine a Few weeks ago, just landed outside of my office…

Red Letter Edition

May 14th, 2012
3:24 pm

I agree with ncscoot”s statement about Boros and hiding the silverware.

CrαZy

May 14th, 2012
3:25 pm

Move Prado to 3rd base, and Francisco in LF.

2013 Braves scouting report….

Just hit it to LF!! That’s it…… just hit it to LF!!

phil

May 14th, 2012
3:25 pm

Chipper and Lowe’s money might be mostly left in ownership’s wallet is my fear….

After all, with those cheap concessions this year for season ticket holders, ownership will need a little extra spending money for those exotic vacations, lavish haircuts, excessively expensive cars and so forth. :roll:

Tomahawkin

May 14th, 2012
3:25 pm

Don’t look now but Derek Blowe is having a Hell of a “Contrat Year”

Ward

May 14th, 2012
3:25 pm

Tomahawkin – I like your preditction, but just staying humbled. Reds have an offense too. Marlins are better than last year, but like your attitude.

Dan Struggla

May 14th, 2012
3:25 pm

Bourn is about to be paid a lot of money, but it won’t be by Atlanta. Sorry, folks.

cricket

May 14th, 2012
3:26 pm

i do watch most of the games on EI and didn’t notice the epidemic of infield dribblers dribbling thru the infield fence posts causing an avalanch of baserunners. but then i don’t care if braves get on web gems either, as long as they are playing right and hopefully winnig.
off course capitolavenueclub has already built in a defense of their point saying that except Hudson, all our starters are fly ball pitchers hence the godaweful infield defense hasn’t hurt braves that much.
that’s enough from me. already spent too much time on what the site that i never visit is saying.

Steve

May 14th, 2012
3:26 pm

In today’s MLB, speed is becoming a more valuable commodity than the long ball. Look for Bourn to get a five-year deal north of $60Million. (It only takes one team to make that kind of offer, and I expect at least one to do it.)

Also, look for the Braves to NOT be the team that signs Bourn. They will make a four or five year deal for less than $10Mill/year (probably $8Mil/year). Until the Braves are sold, they will be moving more towards Oakland and less towards New York/Boston.

In short, if the Braves want to win a World Series, they better do it this year.

JNick

May 14th, 2012
3:26 pm

I’d say Bourn is worth it – I’d offer him $50 mil for 4 years. Wouldn’t go much further than that. Gives the Braves enough time to develop their next CF in the minors, or, if he’s still performing at a high level, re-sign Bourn at age 34-35.

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

May 14th, 2012
3:27 pm

Tomahawkin, I was just saying he’s not a very good hitter and no way should ever take the place of Mac. I’m sure he’d say the same.

phil

May 14th, 2012
3:27 pm

Bring back Pudge to catch for us.

Dump McCann now, get rid of Ross, now, and let Diaz back up Pudge….

Pay Pudge the league minimum. Resign Bourn for 15 years at 25 million per. Problem solved.

Tomahawkin

May 14th, 2012
3:27 pm

Stop Talking abt concession food! I have a longing for those Frozen Tomaritas they sell at The Chophouse!

Those Frozen Tomaritas are Fiyah!

Bay Area Steve

May 14th, 2012
3:28 pm

Jimmy,

You’re right. I’m wrong. I missed the mention. My bad.

TennesseePaul

May 14th, 2012
3:29 pm

Thanks for the work DOB.

GO BRAVES!!

Last 9 Starts of the Starting 9

_________AVG__OBP__SLG___OPS_wOBA_L9S9+
Bourn__ .372 .438 .512 0.949 .422 __122
Prado__ .308 .372 .385 0.757 .343 ___78
Freeman .294 .432 .618 1.049 .459 __143
Uggla__ .324 .419 .595 1.013 .437 __135
McCann_ .176 .300 .353 0.653 .278 ___53
Chipper .282 .300 .410 0.710 .309 ___65
Heyward .206 .357 .559 0.916 .387 __111
Pastorn .286 .297 .343 0.640 .274 ___50
Delgado .200 .200 .200 0.400 .247 ___-6

CrαZy

May 14th, 2012
3:29 pm

The dude is the best backup in baseball

Exactly best back up in baseball!! And the 1 year he played over 100 games he hit .203.

Tomahawkin

May 14th, 2012
3:29 pm

4 years is enough for Bourn…

4 years 48 Mill…Do It NOW Frank Wren…

JoshTown

May 14th, 2012
3:29 pm

It’d be nice to have a productive leadoff man for the for-seeable future. And by all accounts everyone in the clubhouse loves him. Who knows if we can keep both Bourn and Mac over the long haul, but damn has this team been fun to watch so far this season.

Here’s hoping the Braves find some spare change, and solidify this team for a long time to come. Go Braves!

cricket

May 14th, 2012
3:30 pm

When we’re talking about evaulating the numbers and understanding what’s truly important a statistician is going to do that much better than a baseball player

why? is it like a movie critic knows better than movie makers and moviegoers?

Ward

May 14th, 2012
3:30 pm

Mac, could take a pay cut? He could follow Chippers example as a Brave, and finish his career, as a Brave. Wouldn’t mind that.

nolie

May 14th, 2012
3:31 pm

Heyward OPSing 916 even with a 206 BA, wow

Anders

May 14th, 2012
3:31 pm

What’s up Braves fans? I thought I’d pop in here at the halfway point of my beloved NY Rangers quest for Lord Stanley’s cup. Man has it been wild first 2 rounds. Winning game 7’s in both. Anyway, congrats to your Braves being in first place at the 6 week point. I haven’t watched a whole lot of your boys but they seem to be playing solid ball. My guys haven’t been too shabby either. Pretty early though. How about that David Wright. Just like Bourne he sure picked the right year to light things up.

Tomahawkin

May 14th, 2012
3:32 pm

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

May 14th, 2012
3:27 pm

“Tomahawkin, I was just saying he’s not a very good hitter and no way should ever take the place of Mac. I’m sure he’d say the same.”

I dunno dude…If B-Macc demands a Market Value Contract like that of Joe Mauer, Then he is Good as Gone…Thats a Harsh Reality…

Lawton

May 14th, 2012
3:32 pm

Its a given in a baseball, if you want to have a player well into his prime, you’re going to have to give him a contract that takes him, at least slightly, beyond his prime and pays him more than he is probably worth. So, unless you want to be like the Expo’s (the farm club for the big market teams) your going to have to ante up for at least 3 or 4 key players. The question is whether Michael Bourn should be one of those 3 or 4 guys.

Brandon

May 14th, 2012
3:32 pm

I think that McCann is on the decline, and its hard for me to see the braves resigning him long term, but it would be hard for them to decline next season’s option as well. I would still accept his option.

As for bourn, my original offer would be about 4 years 48 million. I think that he is a great player and i do believe that he is in his prime right now and he still has good years ahead.

Jimmy

May 14th, 2012
3:32 pm

BAS – You beat me down like a snottie nosed little brother, then say “My Bad”??? :-)

We’re good. And as you can see on this blog, I didn’t bring it up or comment.

J-MAN

May 14th, 2012
3:32 pm

Bourn is wanting 6 years at 75 million. Which would be 12.5 million per year.

Tomahawkin

May 14th, 2012
3:32 pm

LOL, Do Any Fans on here watch Hockey?

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

May 14th, 2012
3:33 pm

Where’s nolie with his Bourn career stats and what they tell of his future production.

Ward

May 14th, 2012
3:33 pm

If Braves lose Bourn? There’s Victorino,or Durango? Some good options.

nolie

May 14th, 2012
3:34 pm

players can’t really take pay cuts ward

Ward

May 14th, 2012
3:34 pm

New York Rangers my favorite hockey team……

Ward

May 14th, 2012
3:35 pm

Mac, could sign for less? He might not be as greedy as some think.

ncscoots

May 14th, 2012
3:35 pm

In short, if the Braves want to win a World Series, they better do it this year.

You mean, because they might not have a speedy leadoff guy next year?

Me, I’ll take Prado leading off (or somebody else, Doesn’t really matter as long as they get on base) and McCann/Uggla/Heyward/Freeman providing pitcher whiplash.

DAP

May 14th, 2012
3:35 pm

5 years $60mil? i would go there for bourn, based on the team the braves currently have put together. that would be my ceiling though.

the braves are in really good shape money-wise, and if they taper some of these extensions, they can stay flexible with $$$. i think they can afford the above contract with bourn while at the same time, extending some position players like heyward and freddie.

unbelievable

May 14th, 2012
3:36 pm

Move Prado to 3rd base, and Francisco in LF

Fransisco cant hit enought to be a regular.

Tomahawkin

May 14th, 2012
3:36 pm

Ward

“Mac, could take a pay cut? He could follow Chippers example as a Brave, and finish his career, as a Brave. Wouldn’t mind that.”

Co-Sign! That means that number 16 will get retired…

Jimmy

May 14th, 2012
3:36 pm

nolie is studying fence post and their range. Or lack of.

Russell Bell

May 14th, 2012
3:37 pm

Heyward OPSing 916 even with a 206 BA, wow

I’m stating the obvious here, but the kid has great plate discipline and can absolutely destroy the ball when its thrown near his wheel house. As long as ends the season with an OBP ~.370, I’ll be fairly unconcerned about his BA.

Anders

May 14th, 2012
3:37 pm

LOL, Do Any Fans on here watch Hockey (Tomawawkin)

Based on 2 NHL franchises leaving your town in about 20 years I’d say – no. Your loss though. There is nothing and I mean nothing like an intense NHL playoff hockey game. especially late in a series and late in the game. Well except for watching 35 Chevy Malibu’s painted like the Marlins baseball park going around in circles for 3 hours – but that aside. {:

JT Grace

May 14th, 2012
3:37 pm

First and foremost the Braves need to extend Brian McCann’s contract for the next 6 years. He is just entering the prime years of his career. Hopefully there would still be enough money left to sign Bourn to a 5 year extension. That would keep the core of this team together for the next 5 – 6 years.

TJ Lambert

May 14th, 2012
3:38 pm

Does it really matter if I am stinking rich or just really rich, He could take the Braves famous discount offer and still be set for generations. Gary Sheffield would have been better off doing that. Maybe Albert

Kris

May 14th, 2012
3:38 pm

Next year, Evan Gattis LF, Prado 3B, Victorino CF. (Can’t sign Bourn but Victorino possible with Chipper money)

Ward

May 14th, 2012
3:38 pm

Wouldn’t mind Mac, and Back up catcher Bethancourt for years to come. Sorry Ross, but your time is due.

Tomahawkin

May 14th, 2012
3:39 pm

@Ward

Fab 5 Freddie will be my Pick to Click tonight, he’s due…

Jimmy

May 14th, 2012
3:39 pm

Anders – “Well except for watching 35 Chevy Malibu’s painted like the Marlins baseball park going around in circles for 3 hours – but that aside.” LOL!!

Ward

May 14th, 2012
3:39 pm

Kris – Like your idea too.

space monkey

May 14th, 2012
3:39 pm

We should do what we have to do to keep Bourn. I dread a 2013 season with Tyler Pastornicky at leadoff. Bourn is our first true leadoff hitter since Furcal. We need him.

Russell Bell

May 14th, 2012
3:39 pm

I do wish Heyward would strike out less, but I’m thinking that his SO rate will improve somewhat over the next couple years.

TennesseePaul

May 14th, 2012
3:40 pm

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.

Juan Pierre. 2007 (signed deal in winter/fall of 2006, 7 years prior to when Bourn will be a free agent signing a deal). 5 years. $44M.

Anders

May 14th, 2012
3:40 pm

When is McCann’s contract up? Brian Cashman asked me to ask.

Tomahawkin

May 14th, 2012
3:41 pm

@Anders

I heard that Hockey Games are off The Chainto see in Person, But I can’t watch it on TV…I’d rather watch Fake Housewives of Atlanta as opposed to watching Hockey and thats saying something!

That Real Housewives of Atlanta Show is Pure Garbage!

cabravesfan

May 14th, 2012
3:41 pm

Anders-

If you can give props to your Rangers, I gotta give some love to my Kings :D The 8th seeded team has only gone 9-1 in their play off games so far, obviously opening every series on the road…gotta be impressed with that ;)

raleighbravefan

May 14th, 2012
3:41 pm

T’hawkin – I love hockey…my second favorite sport now…Go ‘Canes.

ncscoots

May 14th, 2012
3:42 pm

Heyward OPSing 916 even with a 206 BA, wow

BABIP is pretty low, as a superficial observation. Walks and Ks are pretty close. Don’t know if his GB percentage has increased in the last month, but he had really improved that, last I looked. I’ve seen him jerk it from down-and-in and from middle-away, both; pretty good plate coverage.

So, the danged scrub oughta be hitting better, LOL.

TennesseePaul

May 14th, 2012
3:42 pm

No way in hell Bourn gets less than Juan Pierre and 45/5 is basically less than Juan Pierre. MLB salaries inflate faster than COLA and COLA has increased Pierre’s deal past 45/5.

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