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 is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Bourjos has regularly seen starts against left-handed pitching this season, but he'll surprisingly be left on the bench Sunday, despite southpaw Drew Pomeranz taking the mound for the Red Sox. In place of Bourjos, Corey Dickerson will move over from his usual designated hitter spot to cover left field.
Bourjos went 1-for-3 with a solo home run during Thursday's loss to the Yankees. Bourjos wasn't even in the starting lineup and has just 12 plate appearances for the season. He entered the game following Mallex Smith's exit due to hamstring tightness, and the veteran could be in line for an uptick in playing time if Smith is sidelined. Additional at-bats would provide a fleeting value boost for Bourjos, but he's more of an AL-only flier than a target in mixed leagues, especially since he hasn't been a threat to pile up stolen bases recently as he was early in his career.
Bourjos earned a spot on the Opening Day roster Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Just days after being sent over from the White Sox for cash considerations, Bourjos clearly flashed enough for the Rays to be comfortable with carrying him on the 25-man roster. Bourjos may not possess the base stealing capability he did earlier in his career, but he's still a strong defender in the outfield that will add value off the bench. For fantasy purposes, it's unlikely that Bourjos will get enough at-bats to be worth carrying in most formats, however.
Bourjos went 3-for-5 with three RBI from a run-scoring single and two-run home run in Wednesday's 15-6 Cactus League win over the Orioles. Just officially acquired from the White Sox on Monday, Bourjos also made a leaping catch in center field in addition to his impressive exploits at the plate, as per Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times. The veteran is on a minor-league deal but has a chance to fill the Rays' need for a right-handed hitting outfielder.
The Rays acquired Bourjos from the White Sox for cash considerations Monday, Dan Hayes of Comcast Sports Chicago reports. The White Sox have a promising young outfielder in Jacob May, and a groin injury to Colby Rasmus leaves the Rays in need of another body early in the season. Bourjos is a plus defender at all three outfield positions and one of the fastest players in the league, so the Rays can find a use for him despite his brutal .232/.292/.362 batting line over the past three seasons.
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