I realize right off the bat that saying Peter Bourjos is expendable feels slightly extreme, but it's the truth that we've all come to accept over the past month. The insane production of Trout and Trumbo in addition to the still productive Torii Hunter in right as well as the returning Vernon Wells make it incredibly difficult to envision a scenario in which Peter gets steady playing time. He's became the biggest trade chip the Angels have to offer, and a very good one at that, and it's become apparent that the front office brass realize the value that Bourjos can bring to this struggling ball club. Why keep a player that really has no spot on this team when you can flip him to bring in immediate and much needed help?
Well for starters, he has massive value for this team in the long term. He's a relatively cheap player that'll be under team control for a few years that plays arguably some of the best CF defense in all of baseball. There are questions about his offensive ability, though he has shown to have surprising pop in his bat that could rope in 15 HR's in a good season. His ability to get on base leaves a lot to be desired, but he can hit for a high enough average that you'll overlook his offensive questionability for his supreme defense. This season has been and will continue to be a massive struggle for Bourjos, because he isn't going to get any solid playing time with the Angels.
If Hunter leaves next year that opens up a spot for Bourjos to roam CF while Trout patrols LF and Trumbo takes over RF; this is a great alignment for these players because Trout has a sub-par arm that is exposed in center, putting him in left takes puts less pressure on controlling the running game without taking away any defense in center. Trumbo works best in right because let's face it, he's got an absolute cannon of an arm and could more than easily gun runners down trying to take that extra base, though he does provide very mediocre defense.
If you've been paying attention to the media these past few days you'll have noticed multiple reports coming out of the woodwork that Peter Bourjos is available, as well as Kendrys Morales. Although these rumors have been acknowledged and shot down by Dipoto he's also made it apparent that if the Angels want to get something good they're going to have to give something good up. Dipoto is the kind of GM who likes to toy with the media, he'll throw them all over the place while working very hard under the radar, this is something we saw with the Albert Pujols and C.J Wilson deals this past winter. The fact that he's subtly acknowledging Peter Bourjos as a trade trip means that the Angels brass have come to realize another factor that plays into the whole Bourjos trade saga.