Posted November 22, 2013

Cardinals trade David Freese to Angels for Peter Bourjos

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Cardinals third baseman David Freese is a career .286 hitter. (Rob Carr/Getty Images

New Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Freese is a career .286 hitter. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Angels traded center fielder Peter Bourjos and outfielder Randal Grichuk to the St. Louis Cardinals for third baseman David Freese and pitcher Fernando Salas, the Angels announced Friday.

Freese, who was an All-Star in 2012 and was named the World Series MVP in 2011, hit .262 with nine home runs, 60 RBI and a .721 OPS in 138 games this past season. He had spent his entire five-year career with the Cardinals.

Bourjos, in his fourth season, only played in 55 games because of a wrist fracture and hit .274 with three home runs and 12 RBI.

Salas had an 0-3 record with a 4.50 ERA in 28 innings last season. Grichuk was taken by the Angels with the 24th pick in 2009 draft.

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32 comments
ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

LMAO. A year ago Cardinals idiot fans thought this guy was on the same level as Stan the Man. Watch more baseball you losers and have fun being forever remembered as the Red Sox BlTCH

Jaybird85
Jaybird85

Not a Cards fan, but I respect how they run their organization. They traded  a guy that will forever be known for his run in the 2011 playoffs. He was terrible this postseason, so was Jay. They have Craig and Adams who could move to 3rd( don't know if they have any plans for that). Not to mention that Bourjos is 4 years younger than Freese, he may not have been an impact player yet, but he still has time to improve

Jim30
Jim30

The AL way, overpay, we don't care about much,  just go up there and hit a homer. smh

Jim30
Jim30

Man, people should know what they are talking about before posting! This trade give the Cardinals a speedier lineup, and better defense throughout the middle. It's a lot more than just these two Angels. The Cardinals, by virtue of this trade, can move better defense to third in Carpenter, a natural 3rd baseman, install Wong at 2nd, again better defense, and speed, remove Freese who can't run and is a defensive liability, with bad ankles.

Not only that, The Cards now have a stable of great outfield prospects with this addition, to go with their elite young pitchers, who everyone wants. Add the 35 mil that came off the books. They are sitting pretty. yankee fans take note, this is what is known as "The Cardinal Way".

ngk11
ngk11

Even if these 2 guys dont work out the Cardinals made addition by subtraction in this deal. Good luck to Freese hope he has great years in LA

Steve Moore
Steve Moore

Bourjois one best defensive OFs now. He gets to balls no one else can.

William27
William27

hes another opportunity the yankees blew big time

the angles gave up NOTHING to get freese

Alex1111
Alex1111

I think Bourjos is an upgrade in center field over Jay, a guy who butchered numerous fly balls and evidently never learned what 'proper path to the ball' means. The jury is still out about him being 'one helluva player,' however. I'm a Pirates fan and am glad to see Freese go. Sorry, I don't see this as really strengthening the Cardinals, at least from an offensive perspective

Richard--Ramirez
Richard--Ramirez

Fair weather cards fans running another player out of town. Classless franchise.

drbcool
drbcool

Peter Bourjos is a helluva player. Speedy, hits for average, decent power. He had the misfortune of several injuries, one right after the other, and competing for the center field slot with Mike Trout. He had to go.

OhGlobo
OhGlobo

Hey, I didn't come here to read about baseball.  Does anyone have any suggestions for making money at home while I watch TV???

Vinny Cordoba
Vinny Cordoba

@ElvisHitler , ah, I smell a Reds fan. Or a Cubs fan. Must suck being you. Of course, anyone who calls himself "Elvis Hitler" has deep-seated issues that can only be solved through years of therapy and regular medication. I wish you luck on your long road to recovery, friend.

Jaybird85
Jaybird85

Think about this, in 2 years or so. Grichuk( a question still), Bourjos, and Taveras. Could be one of the top outfields in the majors. Holliday could be moved for a piece

beekay31
beekay31

@Jim30 Aging power hitters in Beltran (turns 37 in April) and Holliday (turns 34 in January) and they're dumping their 31-year-old, potential power hitter supposedly in his prime for nobody?  Matt Adams hit 17 HRs.  Other than that, there is no power on the team whatsoever to replace Freese.  And after a single down year following an all-star season?

Smells like an HGH dump to me.

Jim30
Jim30

@William27 does not know much. smh What the Angels gave up is 2/3 of a potential great outfield for any MLB team, for a guy with bad ankles, who struggled to stay on the field during his entire stay in STL. A major defensive liability, can't run. What am I leaving out? That 2nd nothing player that you never heard of, Grichuk, was drafted in 2009 before Mike Trout, who was drafted before Shelby Miller. All  three of these guys were on the Cardinals board, they took Miller because they needed a pitcher. So the Redbirds traded an expendable guy who they did not want to pay 4.5 mil to for a revisit to the draft of 09 to pick up the two outfield gems that got away, who are closer to being every day players.

So please, stick to what you know, a whole world of baseball exists outside of Yankee Stadium, where teams are successful without throwing crazy money at players.

magicvilas
magicvilas

@William27 

Bourjos will have a monster year, Freese is in decline. I'm not happy.

MikeKing
MikeKing

@Alex1111 You are hoping it does not strengthen Cardinals.  I dramatically improves their D already.  The O stays about the same it was last year.  So the D is better and O is equal and they won the NL Central.  Oh and all those young rookie stud pitchers are only going to get better with some experience under them.  Not good for you. 

Boedacious
Boedacious

@Richard--Ramirez First off it's not the fans who are giving him the boot. Are you that naive to even think that. Plus he's a hometown prodigy so you know the fans hate to see him go. Second you are in the 21st century pal. It's no different than your job or mine. If you don't do your job, you're hittin the bricks. Now the Cards need to unload Lynn and Kozma and the ship will be righted.

tkswilsonall
tkswilsonall

@Richard--Ramirez Fair weather fans? It's one of the best baseball towns in history. They fill 1/2 of Wrigley when they play the Cubbies. They are beyond a city team. They are regional, and draw fans from many states. They were the #1 team in Colorado before the Rocks. You must be thinking of the Diamondbacks :)

train805
train805

Says the night stalker, about the classiest organization in mlb.

beekay31
beekay31

@drbcool .251 avg./ .306 OBP career hitter.  His one healthy season he stole 22 bases and hit 12 HRs (decent for a CF but nothing at all great).  His defensive ratings have declined since his rookie year and he ranks slightly above average as a CF.

rdlewis
rdlewis

@Richard--Ramirez Jealous much? Freese was just going to sit the bench next year and Salas was a for-sure cut; now they can play for a team with expectations of winning. In return the Cards upgrade their CF position and add a solid prospect.

Rico1
Rico1

@Richard--Ramirez All of a sudden they're lowly and classless? I would agree if you asked what the heck they want with Bourjos but classless???

Dohsan
Dohsan

@beekay31 @Jim30 

1. Beltran isn't with the team any more.

2. Taveras is coming up.

3. Bourjos isn't a nobody unless you don't follow baseball.  He's only one of the best defensive CF's in the game.

4. 31 isn't prime for baseball players.

JerryBelle
JerryBelle

@MorphySmith @Richard--Ramirez - tell him why you disagree or something, anything but name-calling?   Where are we back on the playground?! Sheesh, better check for cooties.... smh.