Cubs had shown interest in Bourn

February, 16, 2013
2/16/13
4:40
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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MESA, AZ. – Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer admitted Saturday the team was interested in now- Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Bourn before he signed last Monday.

“There was dialogue with (agent) Scott Boras,” Hoyer told Talking Baseball on ESPN 1000. “I think Michael Bourn is a really good player … He was a player we talked about … We didn’t get that serious but given the quality of the player he is we did have dialogue.”

Bourn, 30, is a career .272 hitter with 276 steals in five full seasons in the majors. He signed a four year, $48 million deal with the Indians and if the Cubs had signed him they would have had to give up a draft pick as compensation, though not their No. 2 overall pick in 2013.

“To be candid the draft pick was a strong consideration,” Hoyer said. “We need to build from within, we need to make sure we have a robust draft this year given where we are picking. It wasn’t the entire consideration -– we’re not adverse to giving up draft picks -– but it would be a lie to say it wasn’t some kind of consideration when it came to the last free agents on the market.

Jesse Rogers covers the Cubs for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com

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Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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