Mets, Bourn deal may work

The speculation for weeks has been that the New York Mets would like to sign free agent centerfielder Michael Bourn but very much prefer not to surrender the No. 11 overall pick as compensation. The rule is clear: free agents that are tendered the qualifying offer by their former clubs warrant such compensation from signing teams that have picks outside the top 10. The circumstances, however, suggest the league may listen to the Mets' inquiry to have that waived, if they extend that request.