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Bourn signs Indians while Mets keep their cursed first-round pick

If you haven’t heard, Michael Bourn signed a four-year deal with the Indians today, putting an abrupt end to the Mets’ pursuit of him. With Bourn off the table, the Mets will likely proceed with an Opening Day outfield of Lucas Duda in left, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Collin Cowgill platooning in center, and Mike Baxter in right.

General manager Sandy Alderson did have an offer on the table for Bourn, but the two-time All-Star selected Cleveland because it was a sure thing. New York was not willing to sign him if it meant forfeiting its first-round Draft pick, 11th overall, and Bourn was not willing to wait out the grievance process to try to reinterpret that rule.

So what exactly did the Mets fight to keep? The 11th overall Draft pick has a bizarre history of busts relative to the picks around it. Of the 48 players in history taken 11th overall, only five have amassed more than 10 Wins Above Replacement, according to Baseball Reference (though two of them, Andrew McCutchen and Max Scherzer, are active and in their primes).

Seventeen of the 48 players never made the Majors, while 10 of those who did crack the big leagues finished with negative career WAR.

That means nothing, of course, in terms of how the Mets might fare with the 11th overall pick (not to mention all the lost slot money had they forfeited it). But it is interesting to look at this oddly undistinguished list of the 11 best 11th picks in history:

11th Overall Picks:luzinski
1. Greg Luzinski, PHI, 1968 (23.6 WAR)
2. Shane Mack, SD, 1984 (20.4)
3. Andrew McCutchen, PIT, 2005 (18.1)
4. Walt Weiss, OAK, 1985 (14.6)
5. Max Scherzer, ARI, 2006 (10.5)
6. Shawn Estes, SEA, 1991 (9.1)
7. Neil Walker, PIT, 2004 (6.1)
8. Rod Scurry, PIT, 1974 (5.1)
9. Adam Eaton, PHI, 1996 (3.8)
10. Calvin Murray, CLE, 1989 (1.9)
11. Jeremy Hermida, FLA, 2002 (1.8)

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Video: Alderson discusses Bourn, answers fan tweets

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson joined for a 21-minute video chat yesterday at Citi Field. Among the topics discussed was free-agent outfielder Michael Bourn, who remains on everyone’s radar:

“I have more of an offensive interest than a defensive interest, but that can be taken to an extreme,” Alderson said. “And, so, you have to make accommodations. You also need to take into account what your specific needs are. And right now our specific need in the outfield is somebody who can cement that outfield defense. His defense becomes a little more important in our circumstance perhaps than it might be in some others.

“He’s also a leadoff guy and brings some speed to a club. Those are areas we’d like to improve as well. For us, he would be a very nice fit. But, at the same time, we have to keep it in perspective. And, frankly, we don’t know what some of the outfielders already in spring training are going to be able to do for us this year.

“But I certainly understand why fans are interested in our position vis-a-vis Michael, and we’d like to get it resolved one way or the other. I think we’re still in the mix, but I couldn’t really predict anything at this point.”

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Projecting the Opening Day roster, 2/5

For the first time this offseason, let us present a roster projection that should actually closely resemble what the Mets deploy on Opening Day. The bullpen has undergone a major overhaul, and I’ve included Brandon Lyon below despite the fact that he has yet to sign an actual contract. That appears little more than a formality at this point.

Once a point of complete speculation, the bullpen, with Lyon and friends in tow, now seems relatively straightforward. Though 40-man roster limitations may prevent all of the veterans listed below from making the team, most of them should be there come April 1. And outside of the bullpen, there really are very few position battles in camp.

The only major change that could occur between now and Opening Day would be if the Mets sign free-agent outfielder Michael Bourn. But that remains a long-shot.

C : John Buckbrandonlyonastros
1B: Ike Davis
2B: Daniel Murphy
SS: Ruben Tejada
3B: David Wright
OF: Lucas Duda
OF: Kirk Nieuwenhuis
OF: Mike Baxter
Bench: Collin Cowgill
Bench: Andrew Brown
Bench: Justin Turner
Bench: Brandon Hicks
Bench: Anthony Recker

SP: Johan Santana
SP: Jon Niese
SP: Matt Harvey
SP: Dillon Gee
SP: Shaun Marcum
RP: Frank Francisco
RP: Bobby Parnell
RP: Brandon Lyon
RP: Scott Atchison
RP: LaTroy Hawkins
RP: Pedro Feliciano
RP: Josh Edgin

In the running: C Landon Powell, 1B Josh Satin, INF Zach Lutz, INF Brian Bixler, INF/OF Jordany Valdespin, OF Matt den Dekker, RHP Greg Burke, RHP Jenrry Mejia, RHP Jeurys Familia, RHP Jeremy Hefner, RHP Collin McHugh, RHP Elvis Ramirez, RHP Carlos Torres, LHP Aaron Laffey, LHP Robert Carson, LHP Darin Gorski.

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Mets dine Bourn, but deal still unlikely

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson and assistant GM John Ricco flew to Houston last week to have dinner with free-agent outfielder Michael Bourn and his agent, Scott Boras, according to the New York Post. But the meal “was more a getting-to-know-you session than a dollars-and-cents negotiation,” according to the newspaper, “at a time when the dollars and cents remain among the most significant hurdles in doing a deal.”

Alderson has made it clear through the media that he is not willing to give up the Mets’ 11th overall draft pick as compensation in order to sign Bourn. So barring some successful 11th-hour rules appeal, it’s difficult to envision a deal — secret dinner or not.

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