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St_Louis_CardinalsFantasy leaguers: immediately draft/keep/pick up Peter Bourjos for the 2014 season. He’s going to be a steal.

According to multiple reports, the Angels and Cardinals are on the verge of a deal that would send center fielder Peter Bourjos to the Cardinals for third baseman David Freese, though there may be other pieces involved. The Angels had been looking for a third baseman, and were known to be making Bourjos available in trade (the Cubs may have had some interest, given their theoretical opening in center field). Bourjos is a Gold Glove caliber center fielder, but has been intermittently light with the bat. That will change imminently.

As for Freese, he was down in 2013, and has two more years of arbitration left, in which he’ll get a bump from his $3.15 million salary this past year. There’s a fair chance he’ll bounce back next year, but the Cardinals could afford to move him with Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong presumably handling second and third base.

I’ll have more on this as it comes out. This really might be a trade-happy offseason.

UPDATE (1:36pm CT): Sounds like there are prospects involved in the deal, too. Hard to say who will get the better end of the prospect stick, since Bourjos is younger, cheaper, and offers an extra year of control over Freese. On the other hand, Freese is a year removed from being one of the most valuable third basemen in baseball, and was very good the year before, too. On the balance, you’d hope the Angels were getting the better prospect(s).

UPDATE 2 (1:47pm CT): Rosenthal says the Cardinals are getting Randall Grichuk, a 22-year-old outfield prospect. He was a first rounder in 2009, but hasn’t really torn it up as he’s progressed to AA. The Angels are getting Fernando Salas, who is not a prospect, but is an arbitration-eligible reliever. He could be a good one, but it’s another area of strength for the Cardinals. The deal makes sense for both sides, and the Cardinals likely just improved quite a bit without digging into their prospect stable. Grumble.

  • Kyle

    Bourjos has always been a saber-favorite as a breakout candidate. That’s a sick deal for the Cardinals :/

    • bbmoney

      I don’t know…..I really like 3b with power sucking back problems.

      Maybe the prospects reportedly involved even it out. Somehow I doubt it.

      • bbmoney

        My doubt appears to have been correct.

        I’m sure glad the Angels were able to pick up the one Cardinals relief pitcher under contract for next year that doesn’t throw 95+. Sheesh.

    • Isaac

      Agreed. Freese is on the verge of being worthless. As much as I hate everything to do with the Cards, I respect Mozeliak immensely.

      • Cardfan

        Not on the verge, he has been worthless all year. Love him, love the story, it’s over, let’s move on. He will be a part of another disastrous year for the Angels.

        Love…this…deal.

  • Oswego Chris

    Not a good deal for the Angels

    • Whiteflag

      I agree.

  • jon

    You have to wonder how Jerry Dipoto has a job at this point.

  • Eric

    Sigh. I freaking hate the Cardinals.

  • Kyle

    This really is a trade-heavy offseason. Which is cool. Trades are cool.

    • Eric

      I kinda hope that with the sky-rocketing free agent contracts, this becomes a norm.

    • SenorGato

      Yes, I am loving it. When I talked about this stuff last year I was hoping the Cubs would join the party, but it appears that their hands are quite comfortable and warm underneath their asses.

      • Norm

        Yes, cuz the party is almost over, right?

        • SenorGato

          Haven’t you heard? The Cubs are throwing away 2014, 2015, 2016, and any other year that plans to get in the way of The Plan. Ask anyone.

  • North Side Irish

    Angels will be getting the better prospect almost by default. Their farm system is terrible…

  • North Side Irish

    Cardinals are getting Randal Grichuk…AKA the guy drafted one pick before Mike Trout.

    • North Side Irish

      Angels get Fernando Salas

    • Kyle

      It’s hilarious that even the Angels passed on Trout in that round before they took him.

      • North Side Irish

        From a BP article…

        According to a Sports Illustrated profile of Trout this summer, scouting director Eddie Bane promised Greg Morhardt, the area scout who had scouted Trout, that the Angels would take Trout with the team’s first pick. When the Angels announced Grichuk’s name first, “Morhardt almost fainted,” says Bane. “That was kind of cruel of me, but I thought it was funny.”

    • Blublud

      So Cards aren’t that smart, huh.

  • dumbledoresacubsfan

    I can’t wait to see the Cubs join in on the offseason trading.

    Let’s figure something out with Miami to get Yelich/Marisnick and Heaney/Nicolino.

    • Blublud

      Why are you thinking small. We need Fernandez and Stanton for Barney and Valbeuna. Even throw in Brett Jackson to even things out.

  • jon

    The Sam Bowie of baseball.

  • Eric

    The Cardinals are probably getting all 10 of the Angels top 10 prospects along with Bourjos.

  • mjhurdle

    The idea of Wong, Kozma, and Bourjos in that Cardinal lineup makes me happy.
    But then I remember that they are the Cardinals, and that all those players will hit 330+ with 30 HRs and at least 120 RBIs, and I get sad.

  • Chad

    Bourjos to become perennial all-star until he decides to leave in FA in 3 years in which he becomes worthless.

  • North Side Irish

    John Manuel ‏@johnmanuelba 2m
    @BenBadler @JeffFletcherOCR Would have been No. 2 on the #Angels’ top 30; I would slot him at 10, ahead of Carson Kelly, for #STLCards

    Very different farm systems…

  • Edwin

    Grumble indeed.

  • North Side Irish

    Carrie Muskat ‏@CarrieMuskat 3s
    #Cubs name coaching staff. Bosio, Strode, Borzello, Font return. Hyde will be bench coach, Mueller hitting coach, Brumley asst hitting coach

    Stealing the Cardinals thunder…

    • North Side Irish

      Carrie Muskat ‏@CarrieMuskat 39s
      Jaron Madison, who joined #Cubs as director of amateur scouting, takes over as head of player development, replacing Brandon Hyde

  • SenorGato

    As if the Cubs needed anymore reason to stay in the fetal position, amirite!?!?

  • macpete22

    The Cardinals people I know aren’t fans of the trade but I don’t see why they don’t like it. My guess is Bourjos platoons with Jay in CF

    • dumbledoresacubsfan

      For about a year and a half and then Grichuk will be up. He’ll be a better hitter than both of them and the outfield will consist of Holliday, Grichuk, Taveras.

  • North Side Irish

    Brandon Hyde going from the FO to Bench Coach is an interesting move…

    • SenorGato

      Thought the same thing…Pretty cool honestly.

  • Senor Cub

    Cardinals just got better AGAIN!!!!

  • MichaelD

    “On the other hand, Freese is a year removed from being one of the most valuable third basemen in baseball, and was very good the year before, too. ”

    Freese really only had one good year, the second half of 2011 and the first half of 2012. Also, he will be 31 next year. He is almost a better-fielding Brian LaHair with post-season heroics. I don’t know much about Bourjos but this is a great deal for the Cards.

    • MichaelD

      After posting I think my LaHair comparison is going too far because Freese was better in his good years and his bad ones than LaHair.

  • Fastball

    We have stardust sprinkled all over our prospects thus there will be no trades by our FO for anyone this off season. Please prove me wrong. Probably trade for someone who was about to hit the waiver wire. We will send our pitcher Jackson and cash for a Low A player with no floor and a 2ft ceiling in a pop up camper.

  • North Side Irish

    JIM BOWDEN ‏@JimBowdenESPNxm 1m
    Bourjos, 26, a gold glove caliber CF that can fly…just entering his prime…Freese, 30, hoping to regain range and 2012 success

    If Bowden likes it, then maybe it’s not such a win for the Cardinals…

  • Fastball

    Lets trade Jackson but not eat his salary in order to do it. He is on very affordable terms at this point as pricing are sky rocketing. Cubs should be able to get a decent return for him like they did for the other starting pitchers we traded the past two years. Eating salary isn’t necessary IMO. I will happy for the day when we are not trading good pitchers for guys with TJ surgery bounce back hopes and prayers. That Maholm trade doesn’t look so good to me. Get us some real pitchers who actually take the field and toe the rubber. I always wonder how much we take on in medical expenses when we pick up these characters. Medical and rehab expenses should be factored into the total cost of ownership on these guys. MRI’s are expensive as hell. Every get the bill for one? Maybe Ricketts owns a MRI machine.

    • Edwin

      The thing is, if the Cubs are going to compete in 2015/2016, they’re going to need pitchers. Jackson is one of those guys who will “take the field and toe the rubber”.

      I’m hesitent about trading Jackson for pretty much the same reason I’d rather not trade Shark. The Cubs need more MLB pitching, not less. If Jackson is traded, who takes his spot the next three years?

      • Senor Cub

        I totally agree. The Cubs need more pitching not less pitching and Russell is a key component of the pen, why would anyone suggest trading him for an infielder. The Cubs have more then enough options for infield and outfield.

    • Chad

      MRI’s are expensive as hell. Every get the bill for one?

      Obama’s got your back jack.

      • Die hard

        Truth about MRI– they have more false positives leading to more unnecessary surgeries than was true with X-rays– they were designed to boost surgeons salaries

  • Fastball

    And yes I quit working early today and the bar tab is getting up there already. :)

  • Rebuilding

    Too bad…means the Angels aren’t likely to move Kole Calhoun since Trout moves back to CF. Bourjos is a right-handed platoon player/defensive replacement and can’t hit worth a damn. I actually think it makes the Cardinals worse at least for this year as Carpenter/Freese > Carpenter/Wong in the short term

  • Die hard

    Rich get richer in talent while Cubs more concerned with an arch– sums it up

    • wilbur

      It’s not just an arch it is a setting for naming rights!

  • Chris Lattier

    Who else thinks Mueller could outplay our 2012-2013 3B in 2014?

  • Fastball

    I do.

  • itzscott

    I remember the same things being said about Bourjos (great defense, inconsistent offense) was said about Jim Edmonds when he was traded to the Cardinals.

    You don’t think……nahhhhhhh

  • Curt

    When do the cubs do anything besides sign injured players or add depth to the minors , myb someday the cubs become relevant again.

    • BT

      Maybe sometime after November 22?

    • itzscott

      >> When do the cubs do anything besides sign injured players or add depth to the minors <<

      When they sign all those "low risk" players that no other team wants which people on this board seem to love.

      • itzscott

        Then there’s those players to “take a flyer on” that people here equally love.

        • MichiganGoat

          Yup because no other team ever does this.

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