Braves Make Michael Bourn Qualifying Offer

The Braves extended a qualifying offer to Michael Bourn, Evan Drellich of MLB.com reports (on Twitter).  The free agent center fielder now has one week to accept or decline the offer.

If Bourn accepts, he’ll earn $13.3MM on a one-year deal in 2013. If he declines, he’ll be linked to draft pick compensation in free agency — his new team will have to surrender a top selection to sign him. Bourn ranks third on MLBTR’s list of top 50 free agents.


13 Responses to Braves Make Michael Bourn Qualifying Offer Leave a Reply

  1. tomymogo 3 years ago

    Well at least they get a draft pick at the very least. Frankly if I’m the Braves I’d offer 4 years 40-48 million max, if another team offers more than that let him go and recieve the draft pick and sign Victorino or Pagan, or trade for Fowler/Span. Boras is crazy

  2. HalfSt 3 years ago

    The Nats can stand to lose their draft pick for the first time, because it will be deep in the 20s. Sign Michael Bourn, Mike Rizzo.
    +1/2St.

    • sjberke1 3 years ago

      Mike Rizzo HATES to give up a high draft choice, regardless of where it is. And with Bryce Harper doing pretty well in center, Jayson Werth OK as leadoff, and Brian Goodwin tearing up the Arizona Fall League, why sign Bourn to a multiyear deal?

      • HalfSt 3 years ago

        It seemed this would work better when I thought the Nats would extend a qualifying offer to Edwin Jackson. They didn’t though, so they could only recover the draft pick if they lose Adam LaRoche. I trust Rizzo, regardless.
        +1/2St.

  3. thekidfromyesterday 3 years ago

    I hope we get a good prospect out of this

  4. disqus_xM1pLWl5Lk 3 years ago

    Maybe he will accept the offer, because he didn’t have a good second half of the season.
    Then we can get a left fielder. Trade Hanson and Terahan. Resign Reed Johnson and David Ross.

    • LazerTown 3 years ago

      Doubt he does. Worst case, I think he can still get a long term deal at $13.5M aav.

  5. I hope they Resign Bourn to this deal then it gives them more time to ink a bigger deal.

  6. Jwick22 3 years ago

    Well i hope the braves can keep him but if it comes down to the phils and nats i would rather get the higher pick from them. though the draft is a crap shoot

    • CT 3 years ago

      The Braves don’t get a pick from the team that signs him. Just a pick in the Supplemental Round between the 1st and 2nd Rounds.

      • Jwick22 3 years ago

        then im confused to why it says his new team has to surrender a top pick???

      • Kevin Swords 3 years ago

        The signing team of a qualified free agent surrenders it’s top draft choice (1st 10 picks are protected)–this condenses the 1st round, as the former team receives the additional pick once the 1st round is complete (in the compensation round).

  7. LazerTown 3 years ago

    Good move. Don’t think Bourn is going to make significantly more than this, but he should still be able to snag a long term deal at this salary.

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