In a post to Twitter, Buster Olney of ESPN says the Angels have shown a willingness to trade Peter Bourjos and/or Mark Trumbo to acquire pitching.
Last month, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports said the Angels could also consider dealing Howie Kendrick, but it was less likely the Angels would deal either Trumbo or Bourjos as they have more control over those two players than Kendrick.
Trumbo, 27, hit .234 with a .294 OBP and .747 OPS, 34 home runs and 100 RBI in 678 plate appearances over 159 games in 2013. He will be eligible for arbitration for the first time in 2014, and can be a free agent in 2017.
Bourjos, 26, hit .274 with a .333 OBP and .710 OPS, three home runs and 12 RBI in 196 plate appearances over 55 games in 2013. He will be eligible for arbitration for the first time in 2014, and can be a free agent in 2017.
Michael Baron, ContributorDespite dealing with some injuries in 2013, Bourjos is ultimately a part time player. While he’s an excellent defender, the Mets have a few players like Bourjos already.
Trumbo, too, has holes in his game. Trumbo is a better first baseman than he is an outfielder, and so I wonder if the Mets would be interested in him primarily for first base. He hits for a lot of power and could be one of the Mets most productive hitters. He struck nearly four times as much as he’s walked last season, which is pretty much in line with his career trend. There’s no question his power could be a nice complementary piece for a future Mets lineup, but he should certainly not be considered a centerpiece, by any means.
As for Kendrick, he has always been a solid and consistent offensive player, proving to be a steady top-of-the-order presence for the Angels. He’s an older and more expensive version of Daniel Murphy, except he’s a right-handed hitter and would likely be a moderate defensive upgrade to Murphy at second base, if the Mets acquired him. With that said, I’m not sure how much better Kendrick would make the Mets, unless, of course, they are able to deal Murphy for another need this winter.