MLB’s Cardinals Trade David Freese to Angels for Two Outfielders

The St. Louis Cardinals traded third baseman David Freese and relief pitcher Fernando Salas to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for outfielders Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk, both teams said on their websites.

Freese, 30, Most Valuable Player of the 2011 World Series as the Cardinals beat the Detroit Tigers, had spent his entire Major League Baseball career with St. Louis, hitting .286 with 44 home runs and 237 runs batted in over five seasons.

Bourjos, 26, a .251 hitter in four seasons with the Angels, has made seven errors in more than 2,600 innings in the outfield. He led the American League with 11 triples in 2011.

“We are excited to be adding the outfield defense and speed that Bourjos provides and Grichuk is a top prospect,” Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said in a team release. “We wish both David and Fernando the best and thank them for their contributions -- especially the many memorable moments they provided during the 2011 championship season.”

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