He's the guy who lost his job to Mike Trout in Anaheim and has reportedly drawn the gaze of your Philadelphia Phillies.
Howard Eskin of Fox 29 tweeted on Tuesday that Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies have discussed the possibility of trading for the gifted 25-year-old center fielder, who flashed elite defense and speed in his first full season in the majors in 2011 (.271/.327/.438, 12 HR, 22 SB in 552 PA). Trout's arrival relegated Bourjos to bench duty in a fragmented and forgettable 2012 (.220/.291/.315 in 195 PA). Bourjos wouldn't become arbitration eligible until 2014 and presents a substantial value over pending center field free agents like Michael Bourn and B.J. Upton. The disappointing Angels, meanwhile, will need to solve a number of issues this offseason, most of them in the rotation where Zach Greinke will become the prize of the pitching market and Dan Haren and Ervin Santana are due expensive options. Most reports suggest they'll receive buyouts. Their most meaningful decision, however, as it relates to Bourjos, is whether they'll re-sign Torii Hunter. Bourjos is one of several attractive Angels players blocked from getting regular playing time that could be packaged for a major piece, or pieces.
Beerleaguer: Of all the center field options, I like this one the most. He's young, controllable and an elite defender, which they need considering the situation at the corners. The Phils would be making a wish on his bat. But as a young player, you can do much worse than Philadelphia to learn the craft of hitting. I like this, and I'm certain the Phillies, and many other clubs, like him as well.