Cardinals Send Freese to Angels

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Doug Benc/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The St. Louis Cardinals traded third baseman David Freese and minor league outfielder Randal Grichuk to the Los Angeles Angels for outfielder Peter Bourjos and reliever Fernando Salas, the teams confirmed Friday.

The 30-year-old Freese, who was the MVP of the 2011 World Series, dealt with a strained back last season and hit a career-low .262 with nine home runs, 60 RBIs, and a .340 on-base percentage. Freese gives the Angels an established third baseman, something they’ve been lacking since trading Alberto Callaspo to the Athletics last July.

Bourjos, 26, had an injury riddled 2013. He missed seven weeks early in the season due to a hamstring injury. When he returned, Bourjos broke his right wrist after getting hit by a pitch on June 29. He attempted a comeback in mid-August but eventually was shut down
in early September. He then underwent surgery on the wrist and is expected to be ready for spring training.

The Cardinals also receive the 28-year-old Salas. The right-hander spent last season split between St. Louis and Triple-A Memphis.

As for the Angels, they receive Grichuck, who was selected one pick ahead of current Angels outfielder Mike Trout in the 2009 MLB Draft.

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