In a four-player, two-team trade between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Angels, both ended up filling needs, as the Cardinals received a major boost in their outfield landing Peter Bourjos, whilst the Angels filled the void they had at the hot corner with the arrival of David Freese.
When it comes down to analyzing deeper, it’s clear the Cardinals clearly ended up getting the benefit in the long run, as they drastically improved their outfield.
The 26-year-old Bourjos is an above average center fielder and his best tool is his speed, something that bodes well to cover the ground at Busch Stadium. His offensive numbers aren’t eye-popping (.251/.306/.398 hitter in parts of four seasons), but he will definitively be an asset on the defensive side of the ball. The Cardinals had a difficult time with Jon Jay last season, as he’s not able to play CF on a steady basis, and the arrival of Bourjos will surely solve that issue.
The other player received in the deal also improves the outfield of the minor league system, as Randal Grichuk is a corner outfielder that can flat out hit (22 HR, 27 doubles last season) and is also an average defender. With the presence of Oscar Taveras already at Triple-A and the arrival of Grichuk most likely at Double-A, the Cardinals have two solid prospects that could end up being long-term solutions for the team going forward.
It’s clear the Angels also ended up receiving solid players on the deal, but the Cardinals made another great move towards maintaining the success they’ve had in recent years.