The Angels have told some teams that Peter Bourjos is unavailable and offered the outfielder to other teams for relief help, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports (on Twitter). The fleet-footed 25-year-old has a .237/.293/.348 batting line and won't be arbitration eligible until after the 2013 season. Here are today's links…
- Matt Cain, Robinson Cano and Yovani Gallardo all have considerable surplus trade value, Dave Cameron of FanGraphs writes. New MLBTR readers may not be familiar with Cameron's annual series; it's always an enjoyable one.
- Ryan Dempster told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that he’d be willing to re-sign with the Cubs this coming offseason even if he’s traded this summer. Many teams are interested in Dempster, who can block any trade
- Rogue Sports, an NBA Agency led by Happy Walters, acquired SFX Baseball, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports (on Twitter). SFX represents dozens of MLB players including Justin Verlander, David Ortiz and Miguel Cabrera, as MLBTR's Agency Database shows. For all NBA-related rumors and free agent news check out Luke Adams’ latest posts at MLBTR’s sister site, HoopsRumors.com.
Buster olmey just reported the red sox are going hard after Dempster. If I am Dempster, not sure if accept to go to Boston. Maybe it is just Media hype, but it sounds like a mess there right now. He has control where he goes and has never pitched in the AL… He isn’t a bad hitter for a pitcher either so you think he’d want to stay in the NL.
Fully agree. I’m pretty sure we’ll see Bobby V. back on ESPN or on the unemployment line come 2013.
C’mon….for the sake of all baseball fans, can’t the Red Sox keep him at least one more year?
completley agree, it is not going to be a good fit for exactly those reasons, to much of a media frenzy, follow me at twitter: @BaseballNews15 thanks
yes the angels could use bullpen help.. but i can really only see bourjos moving if its for a Quality starter to help the struggling haren/santana.
They have other pieces they could move for bullpen help. Example Izturis etc
You dont pay for relief. PERIOD.
This isn’t fantasy baseball. In real life, one good reliever added at the trade deadline can make all the difference between an effective bullpen and an exhausted bullpen down the stretch.
KIND OF! The sample size on a relief pitcher, especially for a second half run is so small that statistical normalization cannot be relied upon.
Why would he re-sign with the Cubs? A 35 year old pitcher on a young rebuilding team makes no sense. He does not fit their plan at all. Why would you not go to Atlanta? You know the coach and gm, some of the players, they are most likely going to the post season and have a team that can compete.
Dempster re-signing with the Cubs makes sense for both sides. For Dempster, it’s his home, and basically the only organization he’s known. He’s stated many times he likes it there. For the Cubs management it makes sense as he is a good club house guy and can mentor many of the young players who will be coming through the Cubs system rapidly throughout the next couple of years.
the Cubs can probably give him a deal not unlike the one Wakefield used to have with the Redsox, only with a good chunk of the money up-front. Then Dempster could stay in Chicago for as long as he’s able to pitch and the Cubs, The Cubs get a veteran arm to stabilize the rotation as the new guys get established.
Dempster’s unlikely to get a long term, big money deal from anyone at this point, So he might be more interested in job security. He can also probably get a fairly lucrative ‘personal services’ contract once his playing days are up… Cubs Fans love the guy.
Dream situation: Demp goes somewhere, nets a great package, wins a ring, comes back to the Cubs on a team friendly deal, wins a WS in his last year with us, rides off into the sunset.
I’m just going to imagine this for a while.
let me ask you something how are the angels offering bourjos for relief help and telling teams he’s unavailable at the same time
I guess I’m not the only one who thought that didn’t make sense.
Would love to see Borjous come to the Pads. He and Maybin would make an insane defensive OF in the massive friendly confines of PETCO. Not sure if Street and Thayer for Borjous is enough….
Street and Gregerson sound better.