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Friday, November 22, 2013

FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: ANGELS DEAL PETER BOURJOS TO CARDS FOR DAVID FREESE

                                                        Peter Bourjos

The Los Angeles Angels finally found a taker for outfielder Peter Bourjos on Friday, sending him to the St. Louis Cardinals for RP Fernando Salas and 3B David Freese.  Not a blockbuster deal by any means but one to discuss either way.  Let's get right to it.

David Freese:  Stating the obvious, it was a very rough season for Freese in 2013 as injuries and a cold bat combined to send his numbers plummeting from his nice 2012 campaign.  Overall Freese hit .262 with only 9 home runs and 60 RBI in 462 at-bats which had him squarely on the waiver wire by the summer.  Freese failed to build on the 20 home runs he hit in 2012 when it appeared he had finally arrived after some other injury-plagued years ruined his first few attempts to stick with the Cardinals.  At 31-years-old, we are well past the time period where Freese could be expected to improve.  At his best, Freese can possibly replicate his 2012 numbers.  At worst you get more injuries which has been a career long problem and underwhelming power numbers.  The change of scenery should help but Freese is really only a bench guy in mixed leagues and a low end starter in Al-only formats. 

Peter Bourjos:  Blessed with top end speed, Peter Bourjos was never able to break through as even a low end fantasy baseball starter during his four seasons with the Angels.  With a high K rate not making Bourjos ideal for the leadoff spot where his speed would fit best, the speedy outfielder was historically batted ninth when he was in the lineup as he failed to put up anything significant as far as numbers was concerned.  Bourjos' best season perhaps came in 2011 when he hit .271 with 22 stolen bases and 12 home runs in 502 at-bats.  However Bourjos hit only six total home runs the next two seasons while stealing only 9 bases and hitting .220 and .274.  He will get a fresh start though with the Cardinals who will likely deploy him in centerfield and who have a need to fill a spot with Carlos Beltran departing.  The speed again is the most interesting part of Bourjos but there is also some pop here as well.  If all breaks right Bourjos could swipe 30 bases and hit 10 home runs.  In addition, his arrival could keep top prospect Oscar Taveras in the minors once again to begin the new season.

There you have it.  As always let us hear your thoughts.

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