- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot blogger
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OK, this rumor is from the pages of the New York Post, so ... umm, take it with a large bucket of salt.
The Angels are reportedly seeking to upgrade third base, and getting Wright would certainly add a middle-of-the-order bat to the lineup. With top prospect Mike Trout ready to take over in center field, the Angels could use Bourjos as trade bait ... assuming they're willing to give Vernon Wells another chance in left field after his disastrous 2011 season.
The Mets would be selling low on Wright, after his career-low .771 OPS. But Bourjos is much cheaper, plays a tremendous center field (I thought he deserved the Gold Glove) and surprised at the plate with a .765 OPS in his first full season in the bigs. Angel Pagan played well in center in 2010 for the Mets, but struggled both offensively and defensively in 2011. Richards was the 42nd overall pick in 2009, a right-hander with a big fastball but unrefined secondary pitches.
OK, this rumor is from the pages of the New York Post, so ... umm, take it with a large bucket of salt.The trade: Mets send David Wright to Angels for Peter Bourjos and Garrett Richards.