Free agent center fielder Michael Bourn is looking for a "huge payday," possibly as much as $100 million, reports Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com:
Second, word on the streets is that Bourn is looking for a huge payday, possibly as much as $100 million.
It would make sense that this is the signal super-agent Scott Boras, who Bourn hired prior to the 2011 season in anticipation of free agency, is sending out to teams in order to drive up the potential cost of his client.
However, Salisbury notes that the Phillies will likely be hesitant to extend that amount of money to Bourn given the fact that he’s a "legs" player who turns 30 last month. Speed is generally one of the first things to go as a player ages, so this hesitancy could be a recurring issue among other potential suitors.
Regardless of team’s hesitations, Bourn figures to command a hefty payday this winter considering he’s put together back-to-back impressive campaigns. Over two seasons with the Braves the center fielder hit .275/.341/.381 with 34 doubles, 13 triples, 10 home runs and 64 stolen bases in 84 attempts.