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Andy McCullough explains in the Star-Ledger, "Because Bourn declined Atlanta’s $13.3 million qualifying offer earlier this offseason, the Braves will receive draft pick compensation," in the even he signs with a new team.

In other words, if the Mets were to sign Bourn, they would need to forfeit the No. 11 pick and the money allotted to them for that slot, which would not be allowed to spent later in the draft.

“We don’t want to lose our first-round draft pick,” Sandy Alderson said by phone last night, according to McCullough. “We think that’s one of the ways we got into the predicament we’ve had over the past couple of years.”

I still expect him to either go back to the Braves or sign with the Rangers, but time will tell... He had a career year in 2012, so I'd be leery on overpaying and overcommitting to a guy who is 30 and relies so much on his legs. I like him, but not at the cost of Sandy Alderson's first-round pick, nor in return for a long-term deal. Also, when Alderson decides one day to spend big bucks on a free agent, be it this winter or next, he needs to pay for power not speed. The Mets need outfielders today, but they don't need the wrong outfielder.

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