Bowden's Bullets: Bourjos for Wright?
December, 5, 2011
By Jim Bowden | ESPN.com
With free-agent shortstop Jose Reyes signing with the Miami Marlins, the winter meetings have begun with a bang.
• The Marlins are not done, either, as one top-ranking team official insists that Miami is still in on left-hander Mark Buehrle (No. 6 on my free-agent value rankings) and first baseman Albert Pujols. Signing Pujols after adding Reyes and Heath Bell would equal the Miami Heat’s coup two years ago when they signed LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
• New Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto will be busy this week. He is targeting starting pitcher C.J. Wilson and closer Ryan Madson, the two best hurlers in their respective markets. He also might be in the market for a third baseman, and the Mets match up well with the Angels. With Reyes leaving the Mets, it only makes sense for Mets GM Sandy Alderson to trade David Wright now and begin the rebuilding mode in earnest. The Mets might be able to get a package of Peter Bourjos and Hank Conger for Wright. Wright would solve the Angels’ nagging third-base problem, and they could insert prospect Mike Trout in center field.
• It would be shocking if the Washington Nationals did not land Buehrle or Wilson. They prefer Buehrle because they feel they can get him for three years rather than the five years it will take to get Wilson. And like the Marlins, the Nationals feel they are well in the hunt for Pujols or Prince Fielder. The Nationals also have interest in Bourjos, as they continue to search for a center fielder. They’ve talked to the Rays about B.J. Upton, but the likeliest target is Yoenis Cespedes. Still, they’re not convinced that they want to meet Cespedes’ asking price, which is in the $50 million neighborhood.
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