Use of Time wrote:
Yeah, but in my opinion Bourn was lucky to get even that deal. He was expensive and there were cheaper substitutes that could provide the same service which were obvsioulsy taken first i.e. Revere in Philly and Span in Washington.
With a career OPS+ below 100, Bourn was absolutely pricing himself outside of his market when he opened the offseason looking for a contract north of $100 million. This new deal, however, is probably pretty decent value, and at that price, there are at least ten other teams that should have been in on him. I'll give you Span, but Revere? He has one skill, which is "run really fast." Beyond that, he has no value to any team; that trade was hilariously lopsided and a classic example of "Rube gonna Rube."
Actually, Revere's stats are comparable to Bourn's. He hit about 20 points higher than Bourn. They both stole bases in the 40's. Bourn has a somewhat higher OPS and tended to walk more than Revere. The only really significant difference is power which I don't think is a real selling point on any of these individuals.
I'll give you that it was a bad deal for Philly but my point is that Bourn's asking price caused other teams to blow him off while settling for a marginal downgrade in talent. Bourn would obviously have rather gone to Philly or Washington seeing as how they are contenders. Now he wastes away in Cleveland.