Despite numerous discussions regarding Braves’ outfielder Michael Bourn being “trade bait” this offseason, the latest rumor is that he may be staying put in Atlanta.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Dave O’Brien reported on Tuesday that the Braves would like to re-sign the 29-year old.
This according to general manager Frank Wren who said he spoke to O’Brien and that the team will be looking for a center fielder/leadoff hitter during the offseason and a replacement for the retiring Chipper Jones.
While there has been no official comment from Bourn, it is likely he will test the market, especially after turning down an offer to entertain a long-term deal during spring training this past season.
Bourn hit .274/.348/.391 in 703 plate appearanceswith the Braves, but if holds out for too much it could be the end of his tenor in the south, as Wren added the team will go after “premium players” but stressed they will not “go outrageous salary-wise.”