The White Sox have reportedly struck a minor league deal with free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos, per Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune. The deal includes an invite to spring training, where Bourjos is expected to compete alongside Jacob May, Charlie Tilson and Adam Engel for a spot on the roster.
The 30-year-old center fielder was claimed off waivers by the Phillies in December 2015 and slashed .251/.292/.389 with five home runs and a .681 OPS for the club in 2016. Despite showing some inconsistencies at the plate early in the year, it was a step up for the veteran outfielder after he toed the Mendoza line with the Cardinals in 2015. He’s a career .243 hitter who hit his stride with the Angels back in 2010, though the White Sox’ crop of untested prospects shouldn’t crowd him out of a roster spot come Opening Day.
The deal has not yet been confirmed by the team.
Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that the Brewers have put together a trade offer for Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich. He describes the club’s interest in Yelich as “strong,” and notes that other teams remain in the mix.
Yelich’s relationship with the Marlins was recently described by his agent as “irretrievably broken” following the trades of Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon. His agent said Yelich “needs to get on with his career where he’s got a chance to win.” Understandably, teams have been calling the Marlins asking about him.
The 26-year-old hit .282/.369/.439 with 18 home runs, 81 RBI, 100 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances last season. He’s in the fourth year of a seven-year, $49.57 million contract of which $44.5 million remains. Given how slow the free agent market has been this offseason, it’s difficult to say exactly what he would get if he were to hit the open market, but it is safe to say that his current contract is very much a bargain for his team, which only makes him even more attractive to inquiring teams.
The Brewers are an interesting team to get involved in the Yelich sweepstakes. Their outfield already has three capable players in Ryan Braun, Domingo Santana, and Keon Broxton. Yelich would still be an upgrade, but the Brewers’ resources may be better spent in other areas like the starting rotation.
Given Yelich’s displeasure and Jeter’s insistence on stripping the Marlins bare — including, potentially, the iconic home run sculpture — it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see a trade happen.