The available leadoff hitter options have suddenly dwindled this offseason, leaving the Cincinnati Reds with equally dwindling options to rectify their leadoff issues. But vice versa, this has also left Michael Bourn without a team and with his own personal list of dwindling options.
Jason A. Churchill of ESPN.com, has labeled it the Bourn Ultimatum.
In Churchill's article, he references the signing of B.J. Upton with Atlanta, Angel Pagan re-signing with the Giants and Shane Victorino coming to terms with the Red Sox as signs of a shrinking market.
On top of these free-agent signings, the Nationals and Phillies shipped pitching to the Twins for Denard Span and Ben Revere, respectively. This leaves only Cincinnati, Seattle and Texas as possible suitors for Bourn.
How much would you be willing to sign Bourn for?
The article makes claims through process of elimination that Cincinnati now seems to be the best fit for Michael Bourn's services. The question remains though: Is Bourns price still too high?
Whether or not he is a fit for the Reds isn't the real question—it's all a question of money.
Can the Reds afford Bourn's asking price or would they even be willing to pay it if they could? Cincinnati may be willing to pay a premium for a one-year deal and Churchill seems to think that Bourn and his agent, Scott Boras, may be willing to take a one-year deal and test the market again next year.
It's an interesting thought. If the Reds aren't able to fill their need by spring and if Bourn is still available, the Reds may just be willing to pull the trigger on a one-year deal much like they did with Ryan Madson last season.
Would you be interested in a one-year dance between the Reds and Bourn? Chime in below with your thoughts.
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