Detroit Tigers Rumors: Could Peter Bourjos be the soultion at Center Field?


Center Fielder, Peter Bourjos to the Motor City could end up more than just another one of the many Detroit Tigers rumors this off-season.

It’s no secret, the Tigers have a major void at center field left by the departure of Austin Jackson. Jackson was of course part of the trade that brought pitcher David Price to Detroit right before the end of the MLB trade deadline over the summer. Now, with the season over, Dave Dombrowski and company will go to work on the list or areas of need on the Detroit Tigers roster.

Center field is near the top of that list.

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Detroit does have prospects such as such as Daniel Fields, Devon Travis and 2014 first-round draft pick Derek Hill in their minor-league program, but none of them are expected to be ready on Opening Day of 2015.

Insert Peter Bourjos.

Bourjos may be the ideal candidate to provide the short-term solution for the Tigers.

Bourjos was acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals in a trade with the Los Angles Angels. The Cardinals initially appeared to have big plans for Bourjos heading into the 2014 campaign, however Jon Jay took over the center field position, leaving Bourjos without his starting spot.

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Furthermore, Bourjos is arbitration eligible. Some have speculated that he may be a non-tender candidate, creating the interesting possibility that he could hit the free agent market this winter.

If he does indeed become available, you have to imagine that the Tigers will be near the top of the list to acquire the right-handed hitter. Bourjos has quite the defensive reputation and is still 28-years-young, it may be an opportunity too good for Dombrowski and the Tigers to pass on.

Bourjos may also be able to provide a pleasant surprise with his bat. Back in 2011, Bourjos put up a respectable .271/.327/.438 with 26 doubles, 11 triples, 12 home runs, 22 stolen bases and 43 RBIs. There is the chance that he can still rediscover the swing he had back then.

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