According to reports out of Chicago, the Cubs are interested in signing centerfielder Michael Bourn.
That's a shocker because the Cubs are early in a major rebuilding project. So I'm not sure how much sense it makes to sign a 29-year-old high dollar player whose going to be past his prime before the rest of the team is ready to compete.
With reports that Bourn wants a contract is excess of $100 million combined with the Cubs current sorry state, I don't buy that they're really interested in Bourn. I think they're trying to do what they did last off-season when the Albert Pujols bidding was underway -- trying to drive the price up for everyone else.
Some might think that such a move is just gamesmanship. But the upward spiral of baseball salaries is bad for the fans more than it is for baseball general managers. And, not that I really feel sorry for Cubs fans, but isn't it a little bit cruel to give them false hope that they aren't in for several years of misery?
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There was some talk on ESPN Radio Friday that Bourn might be an interesting fit for the Cardinals, giving the club an element of speed it hasn't had in quite a while. But the only way I could see Bourn ending up in St. Louis is if there were no other serious bidders. And, even, then, it's tough to imagine the Redbirds have the financial flexibility to sign a high profile free agent with premium earners Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran, Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright already on the payroll.