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The top hitter remaining on the free-agent market, things have been relatively quiet around 30-year-old Michael Bourn.
Earlier this month, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman tweeted that the Philadelphia Phillies, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers had interest in adding Bourn:
With Ben Revere now in Philadelphia, there might not be a fit for Bourn, but the Rangers, on the heels of losing Josh Hamilton, could choose to add the speedy CF—though doing so would bring Texas' long-term plans for 24-year-old OF Leonys Martin into question.
Seattle, also having lost out in the race to sign Hamilton, makes sense as well.
While Bourn wouldn't be the power bat that the team so desperately needs, he immediately improves Seattle's outfield defense. An added benefit would be that 2B Dustin Ackley could bat second in the lineup, which would fit his skill set far better than the leadoff spot that he currently occupies.
One team not to sleep on is the New York Yankees, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, who could get involved in the bidding should Bourn's price drop.
With Curtis Granderson currently entrenched in CF for the Bronx Bombers, a trade of the Grandy Man would likely need to occur before a Bourn signing was possible.
Rick Weiner is a Featured Columnist covering all of MLB and a member of B/R's Breaking News Team.