Fallout of Peter Bourjos: Helpful or Hurtful?


It’s been a week, and I’ve had a while to cool down after being furious with the Peter Bourjos trade. It’s time to be rational, and think about this trade and how it helps the Angels move on to become a better and hopefully a playoff team.

Truth be told, I’m not any less furious at the Bourjos-Freese trade seven days later than I was the moment the news broke, even after Fox’s Ken Rosenthal came out and said that Bourjos was not as marketable as everyone thought. Regardless, it does seem like the Angels were short-changed, especially with the inclusion of OF prospect Randal Grichuk.


I may be a tad biased given my personal liking towards Bourjos, but adding a third baseman in David Freese was not a necessary move. Third base was not priority number one, it was priority number three or four behind starting pitching, relief pitching, and even arguably a solid starting catcher. Instead, Jerry Dipoto decided to blow his one chance of addressing a dire need and dealt Bourjos and top prospect Grichuk for a 30 year-old third baseman with lower-body injuries.



The obvious is lost in Bourjos: speed, defense, hitting for average, stolen bases. What Bourjos can do on the diamond goes beyond the tangibles, but includes the pressure he can put on the opposition on both halves of an inning with his speed alone.

So helpful or hurtful? Right now (even a week after the fact), it’s hurtful. This is just another move in the downfall of the Angels: losing young potential to “gain” older players. Not saying Freese is done for his career, but after his dismal 2013, it’s safe to say he may be on the way out the door.


 

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