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Angels, Nationals reportedly discussing Peter Bourjos trade

May 11, 2012, 1:29 AM EDT

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We detailed earlier today that Peter Bourjos seems to have gone missing. Now tonight we find that multiple teams are looking for him.

The Los Angeles Angels center fielder hasn’t played much since the Angels called up uber-prospect Mike Trout from the minors, losing ground in a crowded outfield race that also includes Vernon Wells, Torii Hunter and an occasional dose of Mark Trumbo.

Bourjos has hurt himself with his struggles at the plate this season, turning himself from a passable-bat, supreme speed/defense guy into merely a supreme speed/defense guy. But he’s still only 25 and his positives and potential make him quite valuable.

Thus, it’s not surprising that some teams are beginning to sniff around. As Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports reports:

The Nationals and Angels have had preliminary discussions about a trade that would send center fielder Peter Bourjos to Washington, major-league sources told FOXSports.com.

The Royals, Diamondbacks and Blue Jays also have checked on the availability of Bourjos, sources say.

Morosi reports that it’s unclear how far along talks are, but that the Angels are surely looking for bullpen help and perhaps a catcher now that Chris Iannetta is facing an extended absence.

Hunter’s contract is up after this season, so that could potentially clear up room in the outfield. But the Angels are likely stuck with Wells through 2014. So in that respect, it sort of makes sense to deal Bourjos. But it could be painful nonetheless for Angels fans down the line if Bourjos ever figures things out at the plate.

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  1. proudlycanadian - May 11, 2012 at 5:35 AM

    The Jays check in on everyone. They do not need this player, but if he is a good fit in a 3 way trade, they might be interested.

    • proudlycanadian - May 11, 2012 at 8:54 AM

      The Jays are also said to be interested in Hamels and Victorino. Usually when the Jays are mentioned in trade speculation, 99% of the time it does not happen. The deals they do complete are usually a surprise as AA operates in secret.

      • chuckj1234 - May 11, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        What ever team is inquiring they need to have something to offer. The Angels need bull pen help. All other positions are full.

  2. randygnyc - May 11, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    I’d suspect the Yankees are interested too, at the right price. With Gardner down for the next month, the yanks would be looking to replace his defense and speed, the 2 things Bourjous has.

  3. voteforno6 - May 11, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    I’m not so sure about this. Once Morse and Werth come back, there will be no room for Bourjos. They’re not going to sit Harper down, and I don’t see them moving Morse to first, as La Roche has been very good there. Then again, I felt the same way when they signed Edwin Jackson. Maybe Rizzo likes to stockpile players.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 11, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      I think your first mistake is believing Washington will get anything more from Werth this year. He might come back in three months and play okay, but there’s also a pretty good chance he won’t.

      • someguyinva - May 11, 2012 at 9:36 AM

        This. Plus with LaRoche’s contract ending this year, I think the longer-term plan is to have Morse at 1B and find someone to play CF and bat leadoff.

      • hittfamily - May 11, 2012 at 2:28 PM

        Laroach for a BP arm to replace the one they gave up to get Borjous

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