April 8, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos (25) on base in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
The Angels are reportedly in preliminary talks with the Washington Nationals regarding a trade involving Peter Bourjos. The Angels need bullpen help and they may part with their outfielder to get it.
Peter Bourjos has been sitting out several games following the recall of speedy outfielder Mike Trout. The reasons given for this were that Trout needed to be given a long look to prove he is MLB-ready, but there may be some other things going on behind the scenes.
MLB Trade Rumors reports that the Angels have had preliminary talks with the Washington Nationals regarding a trade involving Bourjos. Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports initially reported the news, as well as the information that several teams have asked about Bourjos' availability. The teams named are the Kansas City Royals, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Nationals are in need of outfielders due to injuries and the Angels, of course, need help with their bullpen. Still, it is a bit surprising that they would feel so in need of bullpen help that they would part with Bourjos, who figured to be a fixture in the outfield in Anaheim for years to come.
The Angels will also likely be looking into open market options for a catcher, following the announcement that Chris Iannetta would need wrist surgery and will miss 6-8 weeks.