Will the St. Louis Cardinals' Bet on Peter Bourjos Pay Off?

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Will the St. Louis Cardinals' Bet on Peter Bourjos Pay Off?
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After news broke that the St. Louis Cardinals had acquired outfielders Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for third baseman David Freese and righthanded reliever Fernando Salas, the consensus that emerged from baseball pundits was that the Redbirds won the trade. It's an understandable conclusion, but one that I think misses the reality that both the Cards and Halos are betting on the players they received performing better moving forward than they did in 2013. This is particularly true with the Cardinals and Bourjos.

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