On Friday the two teams announced they have agreed to trade these two players as the centerpiece of a four player trade.
Bourjos, 26 years old, is a center fielder who was in an overcrowded outfield with the Angels. He was limited to just 55 games this past season and his production was very limited (3 homeruns, 12 runs batted in, .274 batting average). He’ll be going to the World Series champion St.Louis Cardinals with an opportunity to get ample playing time. His best season was in 2011 when he played a career-high 147 games, slugging 12 HR’s and 43 RBI with 22 stolen bases.
His defense will be a welcome addition to an outfield that has question marks all over the outfield. Incumbent CF’er Jon Jay will most likely see his playing time cut in half. Bourjos also adds some speed, he has 41 stolen bases over the course of his career.
In 2012, Freese (30) hit 20 homeruns and had 79 runs batted in while hitting for a .293 batting average. His numbers fell off a bit this past season when he had just nine HR’s and 50 RBI along with a .262 BA. He has battled injuries the last few seasons, but he was named the MVP of the NLCS and WS in 2011 when the Cardinals won the WS.
The Angels needed a third baseman after using Alberto Callaspo (five HR’s, 36 RBI and a .252 BA) at the position last season when they finished a very disappointing 78-84 and in third place in the American League West. The Angels had high hopes of competing for another WS after acquiring Josh Hamilton, but things didn’t work like anticipated.
The Angels also acquired righthander Fernando Salas, 28. Salas is a reliever who has pitched in 4 MLB seasons and was a part-time closer for the Cards in 2011. He boasts a lifetime ERA of 3.42 and recorded 24 saves and a 2.28 ERA during the regular season in 2011 for St.Louis.
The Cards also receive minor league outfielder Randall Griuchek, 22. Griucheck was selected 24th overall in the 2009 draft, one spot ahead of Trout who had a phenomenal rise to the Big Leagues. He had a career-high 22 HR’s and 64 RBI for Arkansas in double-AA ball this past season but he wasn’t likely to be cracking the Angels loaded OF anytime soon. Thus, the Angels decided to use him to improve themselves at a crucial position.
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