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Angels Rumors: Trade Peter Bourjos for Pitching?

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Jul 6, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos (25) before the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
Jul 6, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos (25) before the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports wouldn’t be surprised to see the Los Angeles Angels use outfielder and trade chip Peter Bourjos to acquire help for their starting rotation.

In his Hot Corner video, Rosenthal says he expects the Angels to play more like the team that entered the break in the second half of the season than the one that struggled early on. However, he notes that the team could use some help in the form of another starting pitcher.

Dan Haren recently hit the disabled list with a back injury, and even before he was shut down he wasn’t pitching as consistently as earlier in the season. Haren hasn’t been the only Angles’ starter to struggle, as right-hander Ervin Santana’s inconsistency has been an issue all year.

While Rosenthal notes Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto has said he’s not looking to trade Bourjos, it wouldn’t surprise him if "the outfielder without a position" was dealt this summer.

So far this season, the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins have been two of the teams tied to Bourjos. The 25-year-old has only mustered an OPS of .640 over his limited playing time this season, though he did hit at a clip of .271/.327/.438 with 26 doubles, 11 triples and 12 home runs over his 502 at-bats last season.

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Do the Angels need to add a starting pitcher this summer?

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