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Peter Bourjos a Good Trade Idea for Phillies

 

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With the offseason nearing, optimism defines the mindset of Phillies fans right now. Thoughts of Josh Hamilton or Chase Headley wearing red and white clutter these aforementioned fans’ minds.

However, I’m not sure these big-name signings and trades are the way to go. Just look at the core of the 2008 World Series Team. Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, and Pat Burrell were all draft picks. Shane Victorino was a Rule 5 Draft pick, and Jayson Werth was brought in on a cheap contract. What do all of these players have in common? None were superstar acquisitions.

This is where Peter Bourjos comes into play. Remember the old saying: “Buy low, sell high.” Bourjos definitely isn’t coming off of his best year, as outfield depth and ineffectiveness limited his playing time. However, if you look back a bit, he definitely has the potential to be a solid player.

In 2011, he showed why he was regarded as the top prospect many talked about him as. Bourjos was often mentioned as the fastest player in the Angels’ minor league system (and this was with Mike Trout in the minors), and he showed off his speed by totaling 11 triples and 22 stolen bases. Those statistics go along with a solid .271 BA, 4.8 WAR (ESPN), and stellar defense. Stellar defense in particular is necessary because Domonic Brown and Darin Ruf aren’t exactly Gold-Glove caliber outfielders.

The Angels really do not have a clear use for him right now, as they have Mark Trumbo, Mike Trout, and Vernon Wells in their outfield. Their lack of use for Bourjos became evident, as he recorded a mere 10 at-bats from August until the end of the season.

The Phillies also have a guy who needs a change of scenery, and he goes by the name of Michael Schwimmer. He has made comments questioning Ruben Amaro Jr.’s decisions involving him, drawing ire. In doing so, he probably wrote his ticket out of town.

Coincidentally, the Angels have a need in their bullpen. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not proposing a straight-up Bourjos-Schwimmer trade as Bourjos is much more talented than the Phillies’ reliever. If you throw in another pitcher, maybe someone along the lines of Brody Colvin, and a fair trade is made.

 

 

By: Joe Cullen
MLBCenter.com Staff Writer
Twitter: @mrpuffalos

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