Michael Bourn - Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
Heyman: Rangers "checking into" Michael Bourn
Jon Heyman has a story up in which he indicates that the Rangers are "asking around" about free agent outfielder Michael Bourn, although he describes the Rangers' interest as being in the "infancy" stage at this point.
Bourn, who is represented by Scott Boras, was seen as one of the top free agents of this year's class, but other centerfielders have already been snapped up while the market for Bourn looks very slow.
Bourn's value is in his speed and defense, as well as pretty decent on-base skills that make him a nice leadoff hitter. However, Bourn also turns 30 next week, there appears to be a reluctance among teams to spend big money for a lot of years on a no-power, speed-and-defense guy entering his decline phase.
I can see the Rangers being interested in him on a short-term deal, either on a one year contract that allows them to give Leonys Martin another year in the minors, or on something like a three-year deal that minimizes their downside exposure while allowing them to potentially deal Leonys for help in another area.