Angels Make Trumbo and Bourjos Available. Should The M's Pursue?

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Jun 16, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos (25) makes a catch off a ball hit by New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner (not pictured) during the game at Angel Stadium. Yankees won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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:

SP Erasmo Ramirez, RP Yoervis Medina, and SP Edwin Diaz to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for CF Peter Bourjos.

(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.

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  • Wade Sawkins

    Another option for CF is Jarrod Dyson or Rajai Davis. Both good gloves and excellent speed that we lack.
    Rajai is a FA so no trade needed. Bring back Gutierrez and have him platoon in RF with Saunders. Ackley in left and either Bourjous, Dyson or Davis in CF.

    • JJ Allen Keller

      Pretty minimalist approach. That is still a pretty poor outfield overall. Like, really poor.

      • CharlieSpencer-Davis

        I really would not like to see Rajai Davis as an M’s outfielder in any capacity. Frankly an Ackley, Saunders, Almonte outfield would have me sleeping easier at night, and that is sad on a lot of levels.