Here’s what Wright had to say to Kernan:
I just wanted to let [Bourn] know that he would be a great addition here and he’d obviously be welcomed here…I talked to him a couple weeks ago, and I told him, ‘You’re always in the right place at the right time, your work counts.’ I’ve always had great respect for him and the way he plays the game and have always kind of chatted with him when he gets to third base.
I just feel he’s a hard-nosed player. I wanted to be there to answer any question he might have and let him know that with some of the young arms that we have and the young talent we have, we are not far off.He’s terrorized us, so I’ve seen first-hand what he is capable of doing. Those types of guys, speed guys, he’s frustrated the heck out of me by chasing down balls in the outfield. It just seems that he has a nose for the game. He would be a great addition, but obviously there are a few teams interested. I’m all-in in this organization, and I’m going to do whatever I can, on the field or in the clubhouse, to try to get this thing going in the direction I think we need to go.