Phillies Trade Chips: Peter Bourjos
By Matt Veasey
BOURJOS TO THE CLEVELAND INDIANS
How the Tribe are in first place in the AL Central Division by six games in the loss column is a minor miracle when you consider that their outfield consists of Jose Ramirez, Rajai Davis, and Lonnie Chisenhall, with a bit of Tyler Naquin tossed into the mix.
But while none of them screams “superstar”, and certainly none is a big home run threat, they are all athletic, and all perform well as all-around baseball players. The group as a whole is better than the sum of their parts.
However, that is what being a legitimate contender who wants to actually nail down a playoff berth, maybe even a division crown, looks to do at this time of the year – improve those parts.
Bourjos would seem to fit right in to this type of group. He is fast, athletic, and could cover any of the three outfield spots if needed. To me, this one may be a perfect fit for the player, and Terry Francona‘s team could certainly use his experience.
Now, keep in mind, a couple of days ago when reviewing the trade possibilities for Carlos Ruiz, I named the Indians as one of the best possible destinations. This would be an excellent place to peddle both Chooch and Bourjos, and giving up both might land a Top 15 prospect.
But for now, we’re looking at it as a solo deal. So I think a player such as 22-year old lefty Luis Lugo could work for both sides to get it done. Lugo is a big, durable southpaw who could become a big league back-end starter or a nice lefty reliever, something always in demand.
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