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Angels won’t be willing to move Peter Bourjos

Dec 11, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

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The Angels have seven players for the three outfield spots and DH in the wake of the Albert Pujols signing, but they’re not going to consider trading Peter Bourjos, GM Jerry DiPoto said.

Peter Bourjos is a guy we’re going to hold,” Dipoto told “He’s one of the better defenders in the league, a 0-to-3 (in years of service time). He’s a good player who fits in very well on a good team, makes our pitching staff better. We’re not that motivated to move him right now.”

Ken Rosenthal states that the Rangers and Nationals are among the teams that have asked about Bourjos.

Because of his stellar defense, Bourjos is expected to be an everyday guy in the Angels’ crowded outfield picture. He’ll likely be flanked by Vernon Wells and Torii Hunter, leaving no room for phenom Mike Trout at the moment. And when those three are in the lineup, there will be just one spot available for Bobby Abreu, Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo at DH, though Trumbo is expected to audition at third base in March.

  1. lyon810 - Dec 11, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    Gorgeous Bourjos. This guy is a premium defensive player.

    • lyon810 - Dec 11, 2011 at 10:09 PM

      Enough said:

      • JBerardi - Dec 11, 2011 at 10:19 PM

        And Mike Trout is also an elite center fielder. Angels, you want to spend some money and win this year? One last piece of that puzzle:

        Eat. The. Wells. Contract.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 11, 2011 at 11:21 PM

        He had a .248 OBP last year. He’s a walking sunk cost. Just release him and your team gets instantly better.

      • JBerardi - Dec 11, 2011 at 11:26 PM

        He needed a late season surge to even get to .248. He was hovering around .230 for much of the season.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Dec 11, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    Trumbo has never played third base anywhere…unless it was in high school or pee wee. Why not put Albert at Third and leave Trumbo at first? Trumbo at third will not work and this kid’s bat should be in the lineup somewhere don’t you think?

    • sknut - Dec 11, 2011 at 10:54 PM

      Could it be an age thing, maybe they think Trumbo is still athletic enough to handle the switch. And it might be asking much of a guy in Pujols to switch across the diamond at this stage of his career.

    • flapjack3285 - Dec 11, 2011 at 11:07 PM

      Pujols is not good at third, and his elbow is a ticking timebomb.

      • veistran - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:10 AM

        Yeah, just seems like a terrible idea to ask Albert to move to third.

    • JBerardi - Dec 11, 2011 at 11:28 PM

      Trumbo just isn’t very good. 25 year old rookie with a 120/25 K/BB ratio. That dog won’t hunt.

      • JBerardi - Dec 12, 2011 at 8:19 AM

        People thumbs-downing this comment: I would like to invite you all to join my fantasy league.

  3. romoscollarbone - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:13 AM

    Pujols can’t play third. His elbow ligament is a strong throw away from needing tommy John.

    • paperlions - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:14 AM

      While this may be true, people have been saying it since about 2004, and he still makes a lot of good, strong throws every year.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Dec 12, 2011 at 8:04 AM

      Yes, I could use this bottle of ’70 Margaux for a doorstop (but I think it wold be better to drink it.)

  4. deefig - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    What a great delemma the Angels find themselves in.

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