Tweet about Brandon Phillips’ low on-base percentage and he flips out and calls you names. Talk to Mark Trumbo for a little while and he brings up his low OBP and says that it’s a weakness in his game he’s working to improve:
“I understand it,” Trumbo said of getting a bad rap for his on-base percentage. “When I’m hitting well, I take a lot of walks. And when I struggle, I don’t. Pitchers are going to come at me … the new-age fans are probably not going to be too terribly thrilled with a player like me … I don’t think it’s been a tremendous year. But when you break certain things down, as much as a struggle as in my mind it’s been at times, I still have quite a bit to show for it.”
Self-awareness is the new inefficiency.
Free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos is heading back to the Angels on a minor league deal, per a report from Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. The agreement includes an invitation to spring training, but has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.
Bourjos, 31, played out a one-year gig with the Braves in 2018 and slashed .205/.239/.364 with four extra-base hits and a .603 OPS through a career-low 47 plate appearances. He showed more promise during a short-lived stint with the Giants’ Triple-A squad in the second half of the season, but elected free agency in early November and had yet to catch on with another major league club. His deal with the Angels represents a homecoming of sorts, as he played some of the best years of his career in Anaheim from 2010 to 2013 before getting traded to the Cardinals in a multiplayer swap for David Freese and Fernando Salas in 2014.
The veteran outfielder is long past his prime, but could still bring some value to the team as outfield depth behind Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Per Adams, he’s expected to compete for a spot as the Angels’ fourth outfielder, though he also has limited experience at DH as well.