It is hard to say what sort of return the Astros should expect for Bourn, because he has a year less than Pence on team control, even if he is a more valuable player. But let me ask you this, why should the Astros not want what the Mets were asking for two months of Jose Reyes for a year-and-a-half of Bourn?
And if you acquired Bourn, I expect you would want to lock him up long-term? If he is in a team he likes, perhaps he takes quite a bit under market value, so as not to handicap the team’s payroll. Would you take Mike Minor straight up for Bourn, or would you get a spread of lower prospects? So many questions, mainly because Bourn there are not many players comparable to Bourn. In the light-hitting leadoff hitting class he is there at the top on his own.