DETROIT — Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto tried to quell the latest trade rumors involving Peter Bourjos on Wednesday, saying that “at no point have we called and offered Bourjos to anybody, for a reliever or a starter.”
One Internet report claimed the Angels “are willing to offer Bourjos for the right” pitcher and that the team is known to have interest in Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels, Milwaukee right-hander Zack Greinke and Minnesota left-hander Francisco Liriano.
Dipoto has not ruled out trading Bourjos, the speedy, Gold Glove-caliber center fielder who has been replaced in the lineup by rookie Mike Trout, but he has said repeatedly that Bourjos is in the team’s future plans and that he has no desire to trade him.
“Peter, right now, is a popular name, and rightfully so — he’s a talented young player with some ceiling who is not getting regular playing time,” Dipoto said. “That tends to create a scent for the wolves.”