Braves offseason 2012: Atlanta hopes to re-sign Michael Bourn

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Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren would like to re-sign outfielder Michael Bourn, but will wait to see how the market shapes up for one of winter's top free agents

Now that the Atlanta Braves have been eliminated from the playoffs, the offseason has officially begun for Braves general manager Frank Wren and company. While the team feels like they have their core in place for next year, the organization will need to decide what they want to do with their top impending free agent in outfielder Michael Bourn.

Wren told David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he would like to bring back Michael Bourn, who will be one of the top free agents this winter, but will need to wait to see how the market shapes up for the Scott Boras client.

In addition, Wren tells O'Brien the team will "be looking at [obtaining] premium players," but are more inclined to sign a pair of players at high salaries than giving out one mega-deal.

The 29-year-old Bourn batted .274/.348/.391 in 703 plate appearances for the Braves this past season with a career-best 9 home runs. The speedy outfielder also swiped 42 bags, which is Bourn's lowest total since his 2008 campaign.

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