Everyone’s running wild with trade talk now that the Angels have signed Josh Hamilton and seem to have too many outfielders. They seemed to have too many outfielders last year, too, for what it’s worth, but the two names most frequently being mentioned in rumors are Peter Bourjos and Mark Trumbo.
Both players bat and throw right-handed. Trumbo is one year and three months older than Bourjos.
In 1175 plate appearances over 301 Major League games the past three seasons, Trumbo has hit .259/.302/.478 with 13 stolen bases in 22 attempts. By fangraphs’ version of WAR, he has been worth 4.6 wins over his career. By baseball-reference’s, he has been worth 4.7 wins over his career. He hit 32 home runs in 2012 and posted a .268/.317/.491 batting line.
In 940 plate appearances over 299 Major League games the past three seasons, Bourjos has hit .247/.301/.402 with 35 stolen bases in 48 attempts. By fangraphs’ version of WAR, he has been worth 8.3 wins over his career, in large part because of his defense in center field. By baseball-reference’s, he has been worth 7.3. He played a part-time role in 2012 and posted a .202/.291/315 line in 168 at-bats.
Trumbo and Bourjos would both be under an acquiring team’s control through arbitration for the next four seasons.
So who ya got?