The Angels and Cardinals swapped center fielder Peter Bourjos and third baseman David Freese on Friday, as part of a four-player deal that also saw reliever Fernando Salas go to Southern California and outfield prospect Randal Grichuk move to St. Louis.
Both clubs essentially traded from positions of depth to shore up problem areas on their respective teams, with the Angels taking on an extra $4 million in salary commitments.
Bourjos, 26, is still trying to work into his prime after back-to-back seasons of limited playing time.
Freese, 30, will look to bounce back from a rough 2013.
Freese was a World Series hero in 2011 and turned in a solid 2012 campaign, batting .293/.372/.467 with 20 homers and 79 RBIs. This past season, though, his slash line dropped to .262/.340/.381, with nine homers and 60 RBIs, and he batted only .179 (10-for-56) in a Fall Classic run that ended with a loss to the Red Sox.
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