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Another name that has begun to surface recently for Seattle has been that of free agent outfielder Michael Bourn.
Bourn began the offseason with what seemed like a laundry list of suitors, as Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported back in November that teams including the Nationals, Phillies, Reds, and Red Sox all had interest in signing the leadoff specialist.
Unfortunately for Bourn and super agent Scott Boras, all of the teams in that list have already found their answers this offseason in the outfield, and his 2012 employer, the Atlanta Braves, signed BJ Upton to a five-year deal at the end of November to replace him.
Not all is lost for Bourn, as teams like the Texas Rangers have missed on a lot of free agents, but a team has to want Bourn to sign him.
All indications have pointed to Seattle having interest in Bourn as reported by Jon Morosi. The same day of that report, the Mariners were also reported to have had a sit down with Scott Boras who just so happens to be Bourn's agent.
Again, this was all before the Josh Hamilton signing, and one has to believe that given the opportunity to play for the Rangers or Mariners, Bourn would most certainly pick Texas. But Seattle has money to spend, and Boras has been known in the past to direct players to the highest bidder.
So yes, the Mariners are most definitely in on Michael Bourn, but management may be hesitant to offer such a big contract to a player who reminds a lot of fans of Chone Figgins.
Ken Rosenthal shared the same thoughts as well.