On Friday, third baseman David Freese has been traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The deal is expected to included Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos and a minor league player. The 2011 World Series MVP had a down year in 2013 and most expected him to be traded.
Who is Peter Bourjos?
He is a 26 year old that in his only full MLB season hit .274 with 12 home runs and 43 RBIs. He is fast on the bases because in 2011 he had 22 stolen bases. His speed on the base path is likely one of the reasons the Cardinals made this trade.
What does this trade mean for the Cardinals?
This was probably a backup option for the Cardinals if they couldn’t reach a deal with the Rangers. After the blockbuster trade on Tuesday, the Rangers wouldn’t trade Elvis Andrus so this was obviously option B. This may mean that the Cardinals have high hopes for Kolton Wong and Matt Adams. This also gives flexibility for the Cardinals to move Allen Craig to right field if Oscar Taveras is not ready to take the job. Also, this creates a center field competition in Spring Training. Shane Robinson, Jon Jay and Peter Bourjos will fight it out to be the everyday center fielder. I don’t think by any means that the Cardinals are done looking for a shortstop but are they willing to part with their prospects to get one?
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