Michael Bourn Rumors: Phillies, Nationals Likely to Target Bourn

August 3, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves center fielder Michael Bourn (24) makes a diving stop in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

The Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals may be two of the top suitors for free agent-to-be center fielder Michael Bourn, who Buster Olney of ESPN says may have the best leverage of all outfielders this off-season:

One executive joked recently that there is not a more inevitable offseason connection than the Nationals and center fielder Michael Bourn, who is eligible for free agency in the fall.

But another rival official noted all the money that the Phillies have freed from their payroll, with the trades of Hunter Pence, Shane Victorino and Joe Blanton. "You know who they want, right?" the official asked. "They love Michael Bourn."

Olney notes there are several factors in play that could result in Bourn landing with the Nationals this off-season. Washington has been looking for an athletic center fielder for what seems like forever; Bourn fits the bill. The 29-year-old would also help the Nationals out in the leadoff department, plus he’s a Scott Boras client, along with Nats’ players such as Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth.

However, Olney reminds readers that Bourn was drafted and developed by the Phillies and they covet his "grinder’s mentality." Philadelphia is also searching for a leadoff hitter will look to add at least one outfielder this winter, but it’s unclear if the Phillies will be willing to offer Bourn as much as the Nationals, as they will also be looking for a third baseman and a starting pitcher.

___________________________________________________________________

Which team will Bourn be playing for in 2013?

___________________________________________________________________

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker