It seems that the Nationals’ interest in young, quick outfielders will never go away.
Last night around 11:45 pm, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reported that the Nationals and Angels have once again started preliminary discussions about a trade involving outfielder Peter Bourjos. The report states that the Royals, Blue Jays and Diamondbacks have also inquired about the outfielder.
Though this trade would certainly help shore up the outfield situation, namely Washington’s need for a long-term center fielder, the timing is curious. It appears that the Angels are shopping for bullpen depth, which is something the Nats currently lack. But perhaps the Mike Gonzalez signing was in preparation for parting with another reliever to nab Bourjos? Or perhaps the trade will be put on hold until someone like a Brad Lidge gets healthy enough to trade. Either way, the need for an outfielder appears more apparent than ever right now, as Stephen Strasburg currently has only two less extra-base hits (3) this year than Nationals left fielders (5).
A trade could also sure up the leadoff/two-hole spots in the lineup if Ian Desmond starts slumping or Davey Johnson decides he won’t put up with Desmond’s lack of consistency. Giving Bourjos a shot or even having him as a threat could motivate Desmond to produce a little more.
Morosi’s report also mentions the possibility of Anaheim seeking a catcher, as Chris Iannetta is expected to miss about eight weeks due to wrist surgery. Perhaps Jesus Flores will be packing his bags? That’s not my personal preference, just a realistic possibility. But this time the Bourjos talks seem real. Stay tuned on this one.
Update, 5/11 @ 5:30 PM: MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says he heard that there is no more truth to this now than there was in Spring Training. Who knows who to believe, the best I can tell you is stay tuned for updates.