Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos could end up being traded this winter if the Angels re-sign free-agent OF Torri Hunter, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.
Gonzalez says signs slightly point toward Hunter returning to the Angels with him most likely signing a one- or two-year deal worth around $9 million per season.
In 191 at bats in 2012, Bourjos hit just .220 with 3 home runs, 7 doubles and 19 RBI. However, in 2011, .271 with 12 home runs, 27 doubles and 43 RBI, while playing an outstanding center field.
He will earn the league minimum again in 2013, after which he will be under team control for three seasons and eligible for salary arbitration.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead WriterThere will be lots of teams interested in Bourjos… and I have to think the Mets will be among them should he become available. He’s dealing with a late-season hip injury that will cause concern, but it’s also most likely why his power was down last season. Also, he was very unlucky on balls he put in play. So, he’s likely in store for a rebound at 25 years old. The thing is, the Angels first need to re-sign Hunter, who will likely draw interest from the Rangers and Yankees, as he waits to see what happens in the free agent market and Josh Hamilton. At the same time, I’m sure the Angels will at least try to see if they can find a take for OF Vernon Wells, who has been terrible and still due $63 million over the next three years.