David Freese-Peter Bourjos Trade Reactions

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The early reactions are in and the Cardinals appear to be the clear winners in this one.

On Friday, the Cardinals sent third baseman and 2011 World Series MVP David Freese along with reliever Fernando Salas to the Angels for center fielder Peter Bourjos and outfielder Randal Grichuk. Bourjos gives the Cardinals an elite defender in center to replace the below-average glove work of Jon Jay and a former first-round pick who has shown some power potential at Double-A. The Angels get a third baseman with a decent bat and some potential to be an above-average player and a spare reliever for depth.

Both teams addressed needs but the early reactions around the baseball world are calling this one for the Cardinals and you don't have to take my word for it

Cardinals site Viva El Birdos will miss St. Louis native David Freese, but notes that Peter Bourjos provides an overqualified platoon partner for Jay and likes the addition of Grichuk in the deal.

Over at Halos Heaven, the reaction to the deal can be described as less-than-thrilled. In an interesting take on the deal, Rev Halofan notes that Freese is basically the same player as Alberto Callaspo, who the Angels traded away last season for prospect Grant Green. He doesn't see the swap of Callaspo and Bourjos for Freese and Green as a win for the team in any way.

At Fangraphs, Dave Cameron sees the deal as just another example of the Cardinals outsmarting the rest of baseball.

At ESPN, Kieth Law also has the Cardinals coming up as the winners ($$), noting that St. Louis managed to turn an expendible resource into a useful player in Bourjos. With Freese out of the picture, the cardinals can now move Matt Carpenter back to his natural position and slide prospect Kolten Wong into the everyday second baseman role.

Law's ESPN colleague and ZiPs creator Dan Szymborski also calls this one for the Cards-

Most of the love going to St. Louis for this deal centers around their new, superior defensive alignment. Fangraphs contributor Mike Petriello sums up the potential impact perfectly-

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