ARLINGTON, Texas — Washington has long coveted Peter Bourjos, but the Angels, despite a FoxSports.com report late Thursday night that they’ve had "preliminary discussions" with the Nationals about a deal, do not seem eager to trade the speedy center fielder.
“We constantly field calls about players, but we are not actively shopping Peter Bourjos or looking for a fit for him," Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto said. "We believe he’s an asset to us."
The Angels are not quite sure what to do with that asset. Bourjos, who is hitting .192, was not in the lineup Friday night for the 10th time in 12 games, having lost his job to leadoff batter Mike Trout.
Since Bourjos is still a developing player -- he’s 25 with a year and a half of big league experience -- would he be better off going to triple-A Salt Lake to play every day in hopes of finding the stroke that helped him hit .271 with 12 home runs, 11 triples and 26 doubles last season?