ANAHEIM, CA - The Angels today acquired INF David Freese and RHP Fernando Salas from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for OF Peter Bourjos and OF Randal Grichuk. Today's announcement was made by General Manager Jerry Dipoto.
Freese, 30, posted a .262 (121/462) average with nine home runs and 60 RBI in 138 games for the Cardinals in 2013. Since the start of the 2010 season, Freese's .285 clip ranked fifth by an N.L. third baseman while his .356 OBP ranked fourth. The Corpus Christi native enjoyed his most successful season at the major league level in 2012 when he batted .293 (147/501) with 20 home runs and 79 RBI and was named to his first career All-Star game. Freese owns a career .286 (121/462) average with 81 doubles, 44 home runs and 237 RBI across five big league seasons, all with St. Louis.
The former 9th round draft pick by the San Diego Padres in 2006 also boasts a career .289 (48/166) postseason average, including seven home runs and 29 RBI. Since his first playoff appearance in 2011, no other player has driven in more runs than Freese's 29 while his seven home runs rank fourth. His most memorable postseason stretch came during the 2011 NLCS and World Series where he became just the sixth player to be named both the LCS and World Series MVP. Freese combined to bat .444 (20/45) with four home runs and 16 RBI during those two rounds of the playoffs, including a walk-off home run in the 11th inning of WS Game 6 vs. the Rangers.
Salas, 28, appeared in 27 games out of the bullpen for the Cardinals and finished 2013 with an 0-3 record and 4.50 ERA (28 IP - 14 ERA). He registered at least one strikeout in 18 of his 27 appearances and had eight outings with at least four outs recorded. He missed 33 games on the disabled list with right shoulder irritation from May 21-June 25 and joined Triple-A Memphis following the injury. Salas was 1-2 with a 1.90 ERA (23.2 IP - 5 ER) and a club-high 12 saves in 22 appearances with the Redbirds. He was not a member of the Cardinals 2013 postseason roster.
A native of Huatabampo, Mexico, Salas has posted a career 6-13 record and 3.42 ERA (192.1 IP - 73 ER) with 24 saves and 186 strikeouts across four big league seasons with St. Louis. He led the club with 24 saves during the 2011 season. In 16 career postseason appearances, he has pitched to a 3.32 ERA (19 IP - 7 ER) and ranks T6th all-time among Cardinals relievers in postseason games pitched. Salas has not committed an error in 407 professional regular season games between the Majors and Minor Leagues.
Bourjos, 26, spent his fourth season with the Angels in 2013. He appeared in 55 games, batting .274 (48/175) with 26 runs scored, three doubles, three triples, three home runs and 12 RBI. He missed a total of 103 games throughout the season due to multiple injuries. During his MLB career, he has batted .251 (258/1026) with 144 runs scored, 42 doubles, 18 triples, 24 home runs, 89 RBI and 41 stolen bases in 354 games. The outfielder has made just two errors in his last 164 games in the outfield (1058 innings). The Park Ridge, IL native was originally drafted by the Angels in the 10th round of the 2005 amateur draft.
Grichuk (pronounced 'grich-ick'), 22, spent his fifth professional season in the Angels' system in 2013. With double-A Arkansas, the outfielder batted .256 (128/500) with 85 runs, 27 doubles, eight triples, 22 home runs and 64 RBI in 128 games. Prior to the 2013 campaign, he was rated as the Angels' sixth best prospect by Baseball America. The Rosenberg, TX native has compiled a .284 (490/1723) career clip with 286 runs scored, 104 doubles, 40 triples, 61 home runs, 259 RBI and 35 stolen bases in 433 minor league games. He was selected by the Halos in the first round (24th overall) of the 2009 amateur draft.