Report: Nats in talks for Bourjous

Report: Nats in talks for Bourjous
May 11, 2012, 3:51 am
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The Washington Nationals are reportedly still interested in acquiring another outfielder and, according to J.P. Morosi of FoxSports.com, have rehashed talks with Anaheim about Peter Bourjos.

Morosi reports Washington has had "preliminary discussions" with the Angels and that the Royals, Diamondbacks, and Blue Jays have also expressed interest. The Angels have an excess of outfielders the moment with Vernon Wells and Torii Hunter in the mix and super prospect Mike Trout now in the majors.

Morosi cites Jayson Werth's injury as a catalyst for the Nats to renew their interest in an outfielder. Werth broke his wrist earlier this week fielding a ball in right field and could be out for an extended amount of time.

The 25-year-old Bourjos is hitting just .192 this season with one home run and nine RBI in 21 games. He certainly wouldn't impact the Nationals offense right away and that is their biggest weakness.

The Angels on the other hand, as Morosi notes, would most likely be looking for relief pitchers in return. The Nationals have a relatively strong bullpen, but their depth has been hurt by injuries to Drew Storen and Brad Lidge.

Anaheim did lose their catcher in Chris Ianetta this week, he had wrist surgery that will sideline him for six to eight weeks, and Washington has one of the better back-up catchers in the game in Jesus Flores.

Whether the Nationals move forward and deal for Bourjos or not, Morosi's sources indicate they are still on the market for outfield help. It could also signify a discouraging outlook for Jayson Werth who does have a history with his left wrist, albeit a completely different part.