The Phillies picked Peter Bourjos up off waivers from the Cardinals prior to last season and installed him as their starting right fielder. He got off to a terrible start at the dish, hitting just .199 with a homer and a .522 OPS in the first two months of the season. He lost his starting job briefly, but when other outfielders failed to seize the job, he was given another chance. Bourjos re-entered the lineup as a starter on June 13 and went on to hit .291 with four homers and an .806 OPS over his final 67 games of the season. Those numbers looks good, but most of that success came during a three-week stretch in June when he hit .460/.509/.720. Bourjos has been caught on the basepaths more times than he's been successful over the past two seasons and he no longer plays the outfield near an elite level, so it will be tough for him to find regular at-bats in 2017 even in a relatively thin White Sox outfield.
Bourjos, a non-roster invitee, will get an increased opportunity in center field after Charlie Tilson suffered a foot injury, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Tilson's foot injury will keep him out of action for at least 10 days, putting the 29-year-old Bourjos in position to earn a roster spot. The White Sox prefer Tilson be the starter, but he's battled injuries ever since getting a shot in Chicago's outfield last season.
Bourjos signed a minor league contract with the White Sox on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. Bourjos had one hot month in 2016 which helped fuel an overall rebound in terms of offensive numbers. However, his defense (once his calling card) has slipped in recent seasons, to the point where's barely above a replacement level in terms of overall performance. It's possible Bourjos, who will be 30 on Opening Day, could make the Opening Day roster, but a starting role seems unlikely.
Bourjos became a free agent Thursday, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The Phillies picked up Bourjos off waivers last offseason. He hit .251/.292/.389 with five homers and six stolen bases in 355 at-bats while providing elite defense in right field last season. He would be a nice fit for a contending team looking for a fourth or fifth outfielder that can play all three outfield spots.
Bourjos is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Pirates, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. This marks the third straight day that Bourjos will cede the start in right field to September callup Roman Quinn. The 29-year-old spent most of 2016 as a mainstay in the Phillies outfield, but it seems like his playing time will be cut down as the Phillies evaluate more of their younger options.
Bourjos is out of the lineup for a second straight day Monday. Bourjos has served as the team's everyday right fielder, for the most part, this season but the Phillies may want to get a look at some of their September call-ups. The 23-year-old Roman Quinn will start in his place Monday, batting second for the Phillies.