Angels would be crazy to trade Peter Bourjos for David Wright
Sherman cites an anonymous Mets official stating that "we are in position to take advantage of [the Phillies' age] in 2013-14, and we have to figure out ways to speed the process to get there."
Specifically, the Mets are allegedly interested in trading Wright for Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos.
The best way to beat age is by attaining youth, and in Bourjous, the Mets would buy four years. Bourjos is 24 whereas Wright is 28 years old.
For the Angels, this trade should be a definitive and decisive no-go.
The 28-year-old (29 by opening day) David Wright experienced his first season with a significant injury in 2011 and suffered, hitting only .254 with 14 HR and 61 RBI over 389 at bats.
Wright hasn't had a .300 season since 2009, although he continues to impress at third base with a fielding percentage in the mid-90s. This likely will lower New York's leverage in trading Wright, but the Angels should expect him to rebound in 2012.
Bourjos on the other hand will turn 25 on opening day and hit .271 with 12 HR and 43 RBI over 502 at bats in his first full MLB season.
Bourjos is clearly on his way up, while Wright may or may not have already peaked. Undoubtedly, Wright has the better career numbers simply because he has had more time and exposure at the major league level.
Current Angels third baseman Alberto Callaspo is the same age as Wright—three months younger in fact—and put up a better average and OBP than Wright in 2011. Callaspo doesn't have Wright's power numbers, but his fielding percentage is generally higher.
Wright is set to earn $15 million from the Mets in 2012 while Callaspo is eligible for arbitration after drawing a $2 million salary in 2011. By comparison, Bourjos earned just $414,000 in 2011.
The comparison is almost nonexistent: Baseball Player Salaries has called Wright overpaid, while Callaspo and Bourjos have both been called "total studs."
Bourjos is a valuable commodity. Wright is not.
As for the outfield in Anaheim, Mike Scioscia's club must contend with an aging Torii Hunter and Bobby Abreu. The gamble known as Vernon Wells hasn't especially paid off financially for the team, though Wells' numbers aren't especially terrible.
With Mike Trout, the Angels should feel confident of at least one prospect in the outfield. By holding on to Bourjos, the Angels would continue feeling very secure about their future in the outfield and would have an excellent opportunity to transform Trout and Bourjos into a Carlos Gonzalez-Dexter Fowler type of defensive outfield tandem.
For the Angels and new GM Jerry Dipoto, the choice is clear.
Wright is wrong.