Cardinals trade Freese in a four player deal with the Angels

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The Cardinals have announced a four player trade with the Los Angeles Angels.  The Redbirds will be picking up Peter Bourgos and Randal Grichuk in exchange for third baseman David Freese and pitcher Fernando Salas.

The Yankees and Marlins reportedly also expressed interest in the trade. But, Freese’s power numbers were way down this past season.  Matt Carpenter will now probably play at thirdand Kolten Wong would be at second base.

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said in a release from the team, “We wish both David and Fernando the best and thank them for their contributions – especially the many memorable moments they provided during the 2011 Championship season.”

26-year-old Bourjos is a career .251 batter with 24 home runs, 18 triples and 89 RBI in 354 games.  He has stolen 41 bases in 54 attempts, including a career-high 22 in 2011.  The right-handed hitting Bourjos is considered to be a Gold Glove caliber defender, having made just seven errors in over 2,500 innings played.

22-year-old Grichuk spent the 2013 season playing for the Double-A Arkansas affiliate of the Angels.  In 128 games, he picked up 57 extra-base hits including 27 doubles and 22 home runs.  His 22 homers led the team and ranked 6th in the Texas League.  Grichuk batted from the leadoff position in the majority of his games at Double-A, and committed just two errors playing both center and right field for the Travelers.