In the face of several rumors to the contrary, Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto stated once again yesterday that speedy outfielder Peter Bourjos was not being offered as a trade chip, reports Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.
[More rumors] took place again on Wednesday, in the midst of a couple of reports — from Jon Heyman and Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com — saying that Bourjos is available for the right deal. Dipoto publicly denied that once again, saying: "At no point have we offered Peter Bourjos for anyone, starter or reliever."
Bourjos has been rumored to be on the trading block since spring training, but the Angels front office has been steadfast in their stance that he is not available. With Torii Hunter a pending free agent, the front office may see Trout/Bourjos/Trumbo as the team's outfield for 2013 and beyond.
The Angels have been on the hunt for starting pitching help for some time, and now appear to be stepping up their efforts to strengthen their bullpen as well, reports Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.
Even as they continue to seek a high-end upgrade for their rotation, the Angels are letting it be known that they have some concerns about their bullpen, as well.
While the bullpen has been a strong point for the squad since acquiring Ernestro Frieri in mid-April, it has shown signs of cracking recently. The Angels have been tied to Brewers ace Zack Greinke and Twins' left-hander Francisco Liriano in the last week, but the team may wait for Dan Haren's return before making a move on that front.
While it's unknown whether the Halos will move for a starter or reliever first, it seems certain that Bourjos will not be a piece in any deal.
Should the Angels continue to hold on to Bourjos?