Friday, May 11, 2012

Nationals, Angels to Trade?

Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reported this morning that the Los Angeles Angels and the Washington Nationals are currently in trade talks. The player the Nationals are trying to acquire is center fielder Peter Bourjos.

The report went on to say that the two sides had discussed a trade in the offseason, but that eventually sputtered out. Now they have reopened the discussions.

Now that Jayson Werth is out, the Nationals need another quality outfielder. The combination of Bernadina, Nady, and Moore at left is nice, but, Bourjos would certainly be an upgrade.

At just 25, Bourjos has only been in the MLB for two years and he has spent both of them with the Angels. Last season, he started in 138 games for LA in center field position. He totaled 350 putouts on 361 attempts and committed four errors with seven assists.

At the plate, Bourjos batted .271 with an on base percentage of .327 last season. He also hit 12 home runs and racked up 43 RBI.

This season he has gotten off to a cold start. Through 21 games, he's batting .192 with a home run, two doubles, and nine RBI.

However, the Nationals want him for his defensive ability. He's got great range and would certainly be an upgrade from what the Nationals currently have in left field.

While his usual spot is in center field, that is currently occupied by Rick Ankiel. It would be interesting to see if whether or not Davey Johnson would move Ankiel to left or stick Bourjos in left field.

The Nationals have shopping John Lannan all spring and the Angels do need help on their pitching staff. This could be the deal Mike Rizzo has been looking for.

Like it was stated before, these are merely preliminary trade talks. Stay tuned for details.

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