He’s back! The Angels 10th round pick from 2005 and the man who was patrolling center field when one Michael Nelson Trout was called up.
Source: #Angels and Peter Bourjos agreed to minor league deal w/ Spring Training invite. Heads back to his original organization.— Steve Adams (@Adams_Steve) November 16, 2018
Lest you get too excited, Bourjos is not the man he once was and the Angels signed him to a minor league deal with Spring Training invite. He’ll have his chance to make the big league squad, likely as a 4th outfielder.
Bourjos logged just 47 at bats with a .239 OBP in the majors last year and 203 in 2017. The Angels will be his 5th team over the past 5 seasons. At 31 years old, his defense is not what it once was and his bat was never his best asset. However, he is still a solid defender and a right handed hitting bat that could take away at bats from Kole Calhoun against lefties if he makes the big league squad. Calhoun hit .207 against lefties this past season while Bourjos had a .260 AVG vs. lefties in 2017.
In the end, it’s a rather underwhelming depth piece move for AAA who could find his way into some limited playing time for the Angels.