The Angels want pitching, and sources say they’ve indicated a willingness to other teams to trade Peter Bourjos or/and Mark Trumbo to get it.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 29, 2013
Over the last year or so, there have been many who have been linking both Bourjos and Trumbo to the Mets.
Before the emergence of Juan Lagares, Bourjos would’ve been a nice get for center field. However, the value of Bourjos, like Lagares, lies with his defense. For his career, Bourjos is a .251 hitter with a .306 OBP. Turning 27 before opening day, he’s also two years older than Lagares.
When it comes to Trumbo, who will be 28 in January, it seems that many look at his power numbers and nothing else. The last three seasons, Trumbo has hit 29, 32, and 34 home runs respectively. That’s great, but the rest of his offensive game is poor.
While Trumbo’s home run totals have been rising, his strikeout rate has been going up as well – it was 20.9 % in 2011, 26.1 % in 2012, and 27.1 % in 2013. For his career, Trumbo has a .250 average and .299 OBP.
The Mets need a true impact bat and/or an outfielder who will offer plus production on both sides of the ball. Trumbo isn’t someone who provides that. His defense is sub-par, and true impact bats don’t have career on base percentages below .300.
If the Mets deal starting pitching (which is what the Angels want for Bourjos and/or Trumbo), they should be dealing it for the aforementioned true impact bat – not the likes of Bourjos and/or Trumbo.