Michael Bourn To Decline Braves’ Qualifying Offer

Michael Bourn will decline the Braves' qualifying offer, Bourn's agent Scott Boras told reporters (including David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution).  Bourn, one of nine free agents to be extended qualifying offers by their teams, had until tomorrow to turn down the offer, a one-year/$13.3MM contract.  Since Bourn has turned down the offer, the Braves will now earn a compensatory draft pick if Bourn signs elsewhere. 

It was widely expected that Bourn would reject the qualifying offer given that the center fielder projects as one of the top free agents on the market this winter.  Bourn hit .274/.348/.391 for Atlanta last season and also provides great speed (an average of 51 steals per year since 2008) and a strong center field glove (a 22.5 UZR/150 in 2012).

9 Responses to Michael Bourn To Decline Braves’ Qualifying Offer Leave a Reply

  1. Tpifer78 3 years ago

    shocker! did we as braves fans really think he would accept it? Honestly I dont really want to see Atl. sign him. A leadoff hitter should not strikeout 155 times

    • ARod's Ring 3 years ago

      Let him walk. Reminds me too much of Chone Figgins on his walk year. (without the walks)

      • Let_My_Cameron_Go 3 years ago

        So, you want a guy to walk who strikes out a lot (I felt a need to say that, but now I really don’t know why I posted that)…

  2. guccci7383 3 years ago

    angel pagan going to the braves to replace bourn…. you heard it here 1st

    • Tpifer78 3 years ago

      That would be good with me, but I have a feeling that he will stay with the Giants, I think if Wren offered 3/21 could possibly get it done

      • guccci7383 3 years ago

        as a met fan i’m happy for him.. but that trade pagan for ramirez and torres was horrible.. didn’t like it from jumpstreet.. alderson had a pretty bad offseaon last yr… just waiting for next winter to see what he does with $$ to spend

        • Tpifer78 3 years ago

          I think there was probs between Pagan and Collins, he seemed to mail it in somewhat when he was a Met….Looked like a completely diff. player in SanFran

  3. TheHernandezInput 3 years ago

    If the Braves really thought about it, they would go for the Upton brothers. Justin-LF, BJ-CF and Hayward-RF. You have two solid RH hitters, and imagine that line up. Prado, Hayward,BJ, McCann, Justin, Freeman, Uggla, Simmons and pitchers. Need say more??? Don’t think so!!!

    But I am… The Up brothers will try to outdo each other as they done all their career. Think about it!!

    • hbgrant1 3 years ago

      I think this is the best idea put out there……3 solid African American males roaming our outfield……would be great for the team and the city.

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