The case for Bourjos
Bourjos is a defense-first outfielder, but is not a liability at the plate by any means. He is a career .254/.306/.398 hitter, but has still managed to average over 4 WAR over 600 plate appearances, because he steals bases and doesn’t let many balls fall in center field.
He has suffered from some injuries over his career, on top of being relegated to a backup role, so his potential value hasn’t been met to this point in his career.
But his extrapolated advanced stats look great, so I think he would be a very good pick up at the top of the order, and the middle of the outfield.
In terms of cost, for Bourjos alone, Lookout Landing proposed a trade of:
(As a side note, you should check out their entire offseason plan if you haven’t already. It is fantastic.)
That seems like a pretty fair price for a player with the upside of Bourjos, and doesn’t hurt the current roster all that much. Erasmo Ramirez is probably battling for a back end spot right now, Medina is a decent reliever and Diaz is very young, raw and questionable.
And for what its worth, the Angels SB Nation blog said the trade seemed fair to them as well.