The Los Angeles Angels landed third baseman David Freese in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals. Some fans may be disappointed to find out that Los Angeles had to trade center fielder Peter Bourjos to make the deal happen, but that should quickly fade once they realize how fortunate the organization is to acquire Freese.
The 30-year-old is best known for his dominating performance in the 2011 postseason in which he played a huge role in the Cardinals winning the World Series. He continued that success right into the 2012 regular season in which he batted .293 with 20 home runs and 79 RBI. Unfortunately, Freese had a down year in 2013 in which his play at the plate in the playoffs was hard to watch.
The good news for the Angels is that Freese has shown the ability to perform at a high-level in the regular season and the postseason. There is no question he is more than capable of helping Los Angeles get on track and find the playoffs in 2014, something that must be done in order to justify the ridiculous contracts that have been handed out the past couple of years.
Parting ways with Bourjos is tough because he’s a stellar defensive centerfielder. With that being said, he brought very little production on offense, which is why Los Angeles decided they could move on from the 26-year-old.
The Angels are clearly banking on Freese using a fresh start with a new team in a different league to find his swing again. In my opinion, this is a great call and absolutely worth the risk. If Freese is able to get it going offensively next season, Los Angeles could be a very dangerous team considering the talent on the roster.
The Angels also get reliever Fernando Salas in the trade, while they were forced to deal outfield prospect Randal Grichuk.