If it's a good deal, I bet they do. Agree to disagree. I just don't think they give up a draft pick AND pay him a lot.
If we had Sanchez in tow, I'd say yeah, get Bourn on a good deal and field a playoff contending team right now. However, Bourn alone with the loss of a pick has more downside than upside. We lose the pick, which is absolutely critical and we are still not good enough to contend. In the end, Bourn's elite production as a table setter just inflates the stats of Rizzo and possibly later, someone like Olt, driving the price on their long term deals up.
I feel you on wanting to make a big signing though. It's very tempting, but we have a great plan in place and as soon as next year, we should be in on everyone.
Not really surprised here that Sanchez stayed with the Tigers. Better team in just about every way in a division they seem poised to stay on top of for at least a little while, so the only thing that would be better for him would be more money. So he used the Cubs to up the ante and get the best of both worlds from his perspective, staying on a better team and getting richer in the process.
Until the Cubs become contenders, expect stuff like this to continue.