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Report: Angels make Peter Bourjos, Kendrys Morales available

Jul 18, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

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According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, the Angels are willing to part with Peter Bourjos in order to upgrade their bullpen and could consider dealing Kendrys Morales as well.

Bourjos, perhaps baseball’s premier defensive center fielder, has been made expendable in Anaheim by the emergence of Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo. Still, there are a lot of teams that would love to have him. A lifetime .252/.302/.413 hitter, he’ll make close to the minimum again next year and he won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season.

The market for Morales would be more limited, since he’s probably still not ready to be an everyday first baseman after tearing up his ankle a couple of years ago. Also, he’s been pretty average offensively this year with a .284/.330/.428 line and nine homers in 264 at-bats.

The Angels are hoping to shore up both their rotation and pen, and they’re in the market for big names like Cole Hamels and Zack Greinke. The Phillies and Brewers both likely would have some interest in Bourjos. The Nationals would surely love to have him, but with Drew Storen still trying to work his way back from elbow surgery, it’d be difficult for them to part with the relief help (likely Tyler Clippard) the Angels would want in return.

  1. phillyphever - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    I’ll pass on Bourjos.

    • brewcrewchamps - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:29 PM

      Me too. Bourjos = Carlos Gomez

    • itsacurse - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:29 PM

      Good for you. But he’s a top flight defensive outfielder, one of the fastest guys in baseball, and makes enough contact to make it worth your while. So make sure all the GMs of contending teams check in with you.

      • phillyphever - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:31 PM

        .252 career average? No thank you, call us when you’re ready to part with Trout for Hamels (aka, don’t even bother).

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:41 PM

        Cole Hamels ceiling is essentially CC Sabathia, Trout’s ceiling is one of the best ever to play the game. Good luck thinking the Phillies could get him for anything in their system.

      • madnova - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:46 PM

        I think the point was that the Brewers have a guy just like that in Gomez. Center field is probably the deepest position on the team, with Gomez, Morgan, Aoki(in a pinch) and Schafer in triple A.

      • jon623 - Jul 18, 2012 at 7:36 PM

        ^This. Absolutely.

      • cosanostra71 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:49 PM

        I hope we don’t part with Bourjos. If it’s possible to make an outfield of Bourjos, Trout and Trumbo work… wow that would be great.

  2. hittfamily - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Would Farnesworth for Morales be out of the question? Farnesworth is a valuable bullpen asset, but a bit expensive to be a middle reliever. Morales is very limited in his abilities, but would be nice to platoon with Carlos Pena and Luke Scott.

    The only thing that might hold this back is that the 2 teams are racing to the same finish line. But really, aren’t the majority of all AL teams?

  3. soundsofsuccess7 - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Kyle farnsworth for kenrys morales.. lol are you kidding.. kendrys was a legit MVP candidate the year he went down.

    • hittfamily - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:16 PM

      And Farnesworth was a top tier closer last year. Morales is expensive, with little team control. Hell, would the Angels even pick up his 6-9 million dolar option this offseason? We aren’t talking about what someone accomplished 4 years ago though are we? Upton for Trout? One was posting a .950 OPS. The other was a junior in high school.

      • Jeremiah Graves - Jul 19, 2012 at 10:37 AM

        Farnsworth is a 36-year-old reliever who has has bounced around baseball for the past decade and a half because he’s simply not that great. He’s got a career 4.27 ERA and 1.37 WHIP, that’s not the sign of a shutdown reliever. Yes, he had a very good year with the Rays last year, but one year does not a career make and he’s certainly not more valuable going forward than Kendrys Morales, especially since his contract has him making $2.6M this year with a $3.3M option (or a $650K buyout) for next season, whereas Morales is making just shy of $3M this year and is still arbitration eligible for next season.

        If that weren’t reason enough, Farnsworth has only tossed five innings this year, five bad innings, what about this deal makes sense for the Angels?!

        Plus, as if I needed any more evidence that this is ridiculous, Fernando Rodney is proving that the Rays can take any pumpkin and turn it into a legit closer for a year. Farnsworth’s big year was a fluke. Period. There is absolutely no reason the Angels would make this move.

  4. hodaghunter - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    The Crew doesn’t appear to be in the market for an outfielder. I can’t imagine why we would add another average bat to the lineup. Currently the crew has Braun, Gomez, Morgan, Aoki in the outfield. Aoki has proven to be a valuable offensive weapon and Braun is a top player in MLB. Gomez is a plus defender and Morgan provides the left-handed bat off the bench.
    If you want to extend the debate, you could say Hart is in that group as well since he was moved to first base since the Crew had no other options. If Hart was to move back to outfield then it would Braun, Aoki (center) and Hart (right field).

  5. soundsofsuccess7 - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    @phillyphever

    he’s a sophomore who really hasn’t gotten regular playing Time, unfortunately. his average is going nowhere but up. more importantly, that 1 in 4 times he’s on results in at least one steal and he is a future gold glover, easily.

    • phillyphever - Jul 18, 2012 at 9:04 PM

      Yeah….no thanks.

    • phillyphever - Jul 18, 2012 at 9:06 PM

      Oh BTW, if he’s so good, why hasn’t he gotten playing time hmm?

      • oms0004 - Jul 19, 2012 at 12:40 AM

        Mike Trout, Torri Hunter, Mark Trumbo, and some other dude they are paying like 40 mil. 4 players ahead of him. “askin dumb questions”

  6. danfrommv - Jul 18, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    I think the Dodgers need a 1B and the Angels could use another starter like Nathan Evaldi.

  7. yanks33 - Jul 18, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Hell ill take Bourjos on the yanks anyday, pretty much a great replacement for Gardner as they play very similar styles….Angels can take Phelps or Betances in return

    • marinersnate - Jul 18, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      It would take a lot more than either one of them. Betances? The guy who was recently demoted back to AA? LAA would want him why? Phelps? I think that they also have plenty of #5 starters.

      • yanks33 - Jul 18, 2012 at 9:23 PM

        We are talking about Peter Bourjos not Mike Trout…he shouldnt be worth that much

    • pisano - Jul 19, 2012 at 12:30 AM

      Betances is fine, Phelps isn’t going anywhere, that guy has a future.

  8. soundsofsuccess7 - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    you expect the Angels to take a mediocre prospect or rookie middle reliever for Bourjos? the article says they want bullpen help in return.. keyword help..

  9. Francisco (FC) - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    This means the Phillies are out since THEY also need BP help.

    • phillyphever - Jul 18, 2012 at 9:04 PM

      No, that BP needs an extreme makeover. Oy vey.

  10. soundsofsuccess7 - Jul 18, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    cause trumbo is better.

  11. soundsofsuccess7 - Jul 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    you’re right, we’re talking Peter Bourjos. a top tier defender and possibly the fastest player in the AL. not some double-AA piece of crap.

  12. muckthefets23 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    You want Hamels? Well you better add names like trumbo to this equation, Bourjos doesn’t cut it. Besides as someone already pointed out, we/the phillies need pen help too. Sweeten the deal or don’t Rubens time.

  13. soundsofsuccess7 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    lol no one is trading stars for stars in the MLB, that’s the way its been done for years.

  14. muckthefets23 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Don’t waste Rubens time I meant, well that takes any air out of my comment…

  15. oms0004 - Jul 19, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Call me crazy… but why not the Astros. Meyers and/or Wandy for an inexpensive, young outfielder with potential that the Astros could control till 2016. Sounds like a match to me?

  16. eutawstreetblues - Jul 19, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Any team without 3 studs in the outfield should be calling Jerry Dipoto and seeing if they can get Bourjos for a reliever. Bourjos is a much better player than Carlos Gomez. Gomez has a terrible approach at the plate, and isn’t as good a defender. Bourjos probably isn’t going to be a star, but he’d be a very valuable member of any club. Somewhere between 2 – 4 WAR depending on how his offense develops. Having that kind of guy under team control for 4 years is incredibly valuable.

    Yes, my favorite team is the Orioles and I think they should definitely try to make this deal (just to keep with the theme of everyone saying their team should be in on this).

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