With Josh Hamilton In Anaheim, Opportunity For Cubs To Pursue Peter Bourjos

By Randy Holt
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels‘ signing of Josh Hamilton sent some waves throughout Major League Baseball, as they quietly and surprisingly struck to sign the biggest name on the free agent market for the second consecutive year.

The acquisition will have plenty of repercussions throughout the league, whether they’re related specifically to the roster of the Angels or not. But looking specifically at the Halos’ roster, they do have a couple of players that could now become available. One of them is Peter Bourjos.

The explosion of Mike Trout, on top of an already crowded Angel outfield, led to Bourjos seeing a major decline in his playing time. A wrist injury in the spring didn’t help much, either. He went from over 550 plate appearances in 2011, to just 195 this past season. As a result, his production took a hit. But looking mainly at his 2011 season, this is a guy who looks capable of carrying a full-time gig.

Bourjos is solid with the stick, hitting .271 in 2011 and adding 22 swipes. Where he really excels though is with the glove. He’s fantastic defensively, which helped him to post a WAR of almost five that season. He’s also under team control for another four years.

When you look at the type of player that Bourjos is, it’s really self-explanatory as to why the Chicago Cubs should pursue him.

The Cubs lack a true centerfielder. As of right now, they’re content putting David DeJesus there, but he’s better suited for the corners. And he could actually be on the trade block anyway. A trade for Bourjos would allow him to go back to right, and puts Nate Schierholtz on the bench, where he is probably best suited.

More than a couple of teams are in need of help in center, so the Halos are definitely going to be fielding calls on Bourjos. The Cubs could very likely be among those calls, as they’re in need of the help and the options on the free agent market have been thin all winter. They might not acquire him, but expect the Cubs to at least give Jerry Dipoto a call in the very near future.

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