In the most recent episode of Nats Talk On The Go, we speculated about who the Washington Nationals would try to acquire in a trade for John Lannan. We handily dismissed the idea that the Los Angeles Angels would even consider getting rid of CF stud Peter Bourjos, but Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is reporting that "there is a lot of speculation" that the deal is not as far off as we thought.
Bourjos is entering his age 25 season and last season was his first full season of MLB experience. During that year, he put up a .271/.327/.438 slash line. He stole 22 bases and netted 11 triples, and all-in-all had 49 extra base hits. In the field, he earned an .989 fielding percentage with 7 assists from center field and just 4 errors in 361 chances. He had an impressive 7.5 UZR in center field next season, and while that small sample size could be a bit deceptive for UZR, his non-advanced stats show it may not be an anomaly with more than 350 chances. All told, this impressive first full year gives Bourjos a 5.0 WAR rating according to Baseball-Reference.com, putting him in All-Star territory. If traded, Bourjos would likely be replaced by former top MLB prospect Mike Trout.
John Lannan would add to the back end of an incredibly strong starting rotation featuring Jared Weaver, CJ Wilson, Dan Haren, and Ervin Santana. Angel Stadium gets an even more favorable park factor than Nationals Park, which would help Lannan. However, move to the AL would certainly make things more difficult, without the pitcher's spot to help him out. It's hard to see his career 4.00 ERA going down in the American League.
These reports are obviously not for a one-for-one trade, and the Nationals would have to deplete the farm even further to get this move to happen. Bourjos fills the Nats largest void, center field, and the Angels GM Jerry Dipoto is fully aware of that. As such, he will likely request a huge package in return. It may not be quite as prospect-expensive as the Gio Gonzalez trade, but it would hurt and would certainly include more top 10 prospects from the organization. Just remember, teams build strong minor league systems to use those prospects to get high-caliber MLB talent. Being that center field is the biggest need that remains to prevent the Nationals from competing, it may very well be worth the cost.
Not a chance. Trout is not ready for the bigs as we saw last season and Bourjos is probably the biggest trade chip the Angels have. They would be idiots to waste him on a 5th starter. Last year with Reagins as GM this deal probably wouldhave gone down, but I don't see Dipoto biting on this. I'm sure he would be more thanhappy to send Vernon Wells over for some cash and a few Zimmerman bobbleheads though. You can keep your pitcher.
I'm a Lannan fan & would hate to see him go, but he could do well in LA, so maybe it would be a good thing for both sides.
Would be great ...just read Ankiel will be at spring training so wonder if this is real.love his defensive abilities but we need hitters
I'm not a Lannan hater -- he's gutsy as hell and has done a tremendous job with borderline MLB talent. But over the years, how many times has the opposing pitcher's spot saved his bacon? I can't imagine him in the AL! (again, if they're willing to part with Bourjos for Lannan, do not pause to hit "Accept"!)
NO WAY! This would be an incredible dream for the Nats... I can't even believe this is a remote possibility! I'm all for highway robbery -- if this can happen, lots of Nats prayers during the off-season will be put to good use!
@WallStJesus Sounds like Junk to me. Angels would be dumb to make that trade. They have a crowded OF, but still. Better then 3 of 5 options.
@natsbuzztap I guess #Nats would have to incl Tyler Moore, E. Perez or Bernadina. How many and which would you include w Lannan for Bourjos?
@natsbuzztap do it.
@WallStJesus Why would they do it though. WIlson, Weaver, Haren, Santana, And I don't think Garrett Richards is any worse then Lannan.
@WallStJesus I think that OF goes Trout, Bourjos, Hunter, Wells, Abreu in terms of ranking best to worst. Losing Bourjos would be big loss
@WallStJesus Has to be.
@SMcEwen_eh Nick Cafardo of Bost Globe reported it. Has to be others involves for Bourgos
@WallStJesus Plus-Plus Defense CF's with decent bats dont' come along every day thats for sure.
@SMcEwen_eh get a bit more than that for Bourgos u woukd think