The Bourn Disaster: Why the Philies Must Not Sign Michael Bourn
- Updated: August 18, 2012
With the Philadelphia Phillies’ recent trades of Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, and Joe Blanton, general manager Ruben Amaro now has roughly $40 million to spend during the off season.
That’s about as dangerous as handing over your money to Bernie Madolf. Given Amaro’s propensity for overspending on players (Raul Ibanez, Jonathan Papelbon, and Cliff Lee just to name a few) and a bag of money at his disposal, I just get the feeling that he can’t wait to waste his money once again on another big name.
Bourn. He is a terrific defensive center fielder, stole 54 bases per year in his first four full seasons, and has a .283 batting average over the last three seasons. But there are plenty of holes in Bourn’s game. He struck out an average of 125 times in his first four seasons and 111 times already in 2012, with an on-base percentage of just .337 over his career.
AVG OBP SLG SB HR SO BB PA
Jimmy Rollins .285 .341 .472 165 78 291 211 2,893
Michael Bourn .283 .347 .382 203 15 498 216 2,513His average, OBP, and walks are almost exactly the same, but Rollins hit 63 more home runs and struck out 207 less times. Bourn is Jimmy Rollins with drastically less homers and immensely more strikeouts.