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MLB Free Agency 2012: Nationals favorite to sign Michael Bourn

Free agent OF Michael Bourn reportedly could be headed to Washington if the opportunity presents itself.

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The Washington Nationals are reportedly favored to sign free agent outfielder Michael Bourn, according to Baseball Nation's Steph Bee.

Bourn, 29, is a free agent for the first time after completing his final year of arbitration eligibility in 2012. The Scott Boras client is looking at a healthy raise from the $6.85 million he made while hitting .274/.348/.391 and racking up 42 stolen bases for the Braves. If signed by Washington, Bourn would join a team that already has Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Michael Morse in its outfield.

A second-time All-Star selection in 2012, Bourn spent three-and-a-half seasons with the Houston Astros, and led the league in steals each year from 2009 to 2011. He was dealt to the Astros from the Philadelphia Phillies after the 2007 season in a five-player deal that brought Brad Lidge to Philly. Bourn's career batting line is similar to that of 2011, sitting at .272/.339/.365. In addition to the two Midsummer Classic selections, Bourn is also a two-time Gold Glove award winner, taking home the honor in 2009 and 2010.

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