The Mets open spring training on Monday with offseason work ongoing, as the team still has serious interest in free agent center fielder Michael Bourn, according to club insiders.
Still, people familiar with the process say that the Players' Association has not yet filed a grievance on behalf of Bourn, or engaged in settlement talks with Major League Baseball about resolving the draft pick issue related to the outfielder.
Under the new collective bargaining agreement, the team that signs Bourn will surrender its first round draft pick this year, unless that team has a top-10 selection. The Mets were the 10th-worst team in baseball in 2012, but were pushed to 11th overall in this year's draft because Pittsburgh failed to sign its top choice last season. The Mets believe that in the interest of competitive balance and what they consider the spirit of the rule, their top pick should be protected.
As the Daily News reported last week, the issue would ultimately be decided by an independent arbitrator, not the commissioner's office. As with any grievance issue, the sides could reach a settlement in advance of such a hearing - but as of Sunday, there , had been no talks between the union and league regarding this subject, according to sources.
So Terry Collins and the Mets will open spring training Monday with the team as currently constructed, and many on the current roster in Port St. Lucie early. Pitchers and catchers were due in town Sunday, but several key players have been working out at Tradition Field since last week.
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NY Mets still interested in Michael Bourn but keeping draft pick remains an issue
New York Daily News | Feb 11