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  1. I know his 2012 season was a disaster, but is the consensus that Peter Bourjos is a reserve outfielder. It seems to me that he may be worth more than that in trade because someone might still see him as an everyday player possibly.

    Comment by Detroit Michael — October 15, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

  2. How exactly does one kick $20 million to the curb?

    It starts with not trading for him in the first place I guess.

    Comment by Tom B — October 15, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

  3. I think he may be worth more than that in a trade because he probably still is an everyday player. I wonder if the Angels would consider trading Bourjos not for a return package, but for someone taking Wells off their hands. Colorado could be an interesting possibility if they end up moving Fowler for pitching. What’s left of Wells’ bat would work better in Coors than anywhere else.

    Comment by gnomez — October 15, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

  4. If only they could do something with Wells. Personally, unless they need the roster space I would rather he stay on then simply be dropped. That shouldn’t change what they want to do with Hunter.

    For me personally and being realistic … you retain Wells and slot Bourjos as a starter. That gives you Trumbo, Trout and Bourjos. Wells plays the back-up role. That saves you $10M that you would need to hand over to Hunter. I would rather have Bourjos playing over Hunter.

    That gives you more room to play around with the starting pitching. Having Haren back on a 1 year/$10M deal seems reasonable despite the warning signs (was worth 1.8 WAR in 175 innings). That gives you one more spot to go big on – for Greinke. I’d be very comfortable with a Weaver/Wilson/Greinke/Haren/Richards+Williams rotation. Of course, I thought the rotation last year was going to be fine as well so what do I know.

    Comment by BJsWorld — October 15, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

  5. Agreed on the outfield. Reading the article I had to check to make sure I had really landed on Fangraphs! What other player increases his BABIP a hundred points over his career average, hits a lot more ground balls (but has a career low number of infield hits), and will be over 35 and not be the poster boy for regression? Just bizarre to see that take on here. The damn foolish waste of money would be to pay real money for Hunter voluntarily, especially if it prohibits signing Greinke. They have no choice but to pay Wells.

    I know Haren dropped off and there are injury concerns, but I’d be shocked if they could get him on a one year deal on the cheap. If that’s all he can get from the Angels, somebody like the Royals or Cubs would astutely go an extra year or two (would you rather have Jeremy Guthrie or Dan Haren?). The absolute priority for them must be to sign Greinke to the richest FA starting pitcher deal ever. You simply cannot go out and get Pujols, then try to cobble together a rotation on the cheap the very next year. To do so many make sense in Fangraphs land, but Arte Moreno as a businessman knows how incredible foolish that would be.

    Comment by Paul — October 15, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

  6. He’s actually owed $42 million over the next two years.

    Comment by Rusty — October 16, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

  7. another possible low-cost starter: Jeremy Guthrie maybe?

    Comment by Job — October 18, 2012 @ 4:28 am

  8. I have to agree. Bourjos might actually be a better bet than Hunter for 2013 – since both are known primarily for amazing gloves but only one is 35. Expecting $10 million worth of offense from Hunter seems a little unrealistic.

    Comment by Chris — November 2, 2012 @ 2:59 am

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