BOURJOS TO THE SAINT LOUIS CARDINALS
Left fielder Matt Holliday is now 36-years old, and while still dangerous at times, he is no longer the perennial all-star caliber force that once terrorized NL pitching.
The Cardinals best outfielder now is emerging 25-year old right fielder Stephen Piscotty, so there is certainly no need for an exact replacement at that position.
But in center field, the Cards are currently employing the strong defense but little offense of Randal Grichuk. The soon-to-be 25-year old is hitting just .227 with a .288 on-base percentage, albeit with a dozen home runs.
Saint Louis would know exactly what it is getting in Bourjos, which could be a good or bad thing. After all, they did allow him to go to the Phillies in that waiver move.
However, they have to know that he has value. He would seem to be a good fit for this kind of team, which values speed and defense. If his hot offensive streak extends, he could even supplant Grichuk eventually, or take over in left if injury befalls Holliday.
They are not going to pay a lot to re-acquire Bourjos’ services, but then no one is likely to be paying a lot. But how about someone like soon-to-be 25-year old righty Trey Nielsen? The former 3rd baseman and TJ surgery survivor has a shot to be a big league bullpen piece, maybe as soon as 2017.
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