ARLINGTON -- Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos is almost numb to it now -- his name being linked to trade rumors, with the Nationals being mentioned as an interested suitor.
A couple of Internet sites indicated that again Thursday, with FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi saying the two sides have had preliminary discussions about Bourjos, who has now only started twice in the last 12 games.
Bourjos, 25, was recently getting text messages from friends asking if he was getting dealt. They tend to wonder that a lot.
"If it happens, it happens, I can't control that," Bourjos said Friday. "Where there's smoke, there's fire, isn't there? That's the way I look at things nowadays. What it'll be, will be."
Indications from within the organization, however, are that the Angels don't plan on sending Bourjos anywhere just yet, even though he has hardly played since the promotion of prospect outfielder Mike Trout.
A source told MLB.com the club plans on keeping the speedster on board, and that a Bourjos-to-Nats trade is as unlikely now as it was in the offseason -- when reports suggested the Angels would ship him to Washington, D.C., for starter John Lannan.