Feb 23, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos (right) is congratulated by left fielder Mark Trumbo (left) after scoring during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
We have yet another speculation post for you and this time, it involves something that can be pretty rare. That being a trade within the division, which is something many teams worry will help their rivals get better, almost defeating the purpose of a trade. But Jack Zduriencik does not seem to share that worry, as he has made multiple intradivision trades during his time.
First, he traded Cliff Lee to the Rangers for Justin Smoak back in 2010, which is a blockbuster trade that many GMs may hesitate to make within the division. Then, he traded John Jaso to the A’s in a three-team transaction that brought Michael Morse to Seattle.
There is another opportunity for Jack to dip into the division, and bring in a couple players who could help add value to the offense. It is being reported that the Los Angeles Angels are willing to trade outfielder Peter Bourjos and first base/corner outfielder Mark Trumbo in exchange for pitching help.
Bourjos and Trumbo are both talented young players that the Angels don’t necessarily need due to their depth in the outfield and at 1st.
But because the Mariners lack that kind of depth, both would be welcome additions to the team and should be looked at heavily by Jack and Co.