The Rays are “working on a deal to acquire” outfielder Peter Bourjos from the White Sox, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter links). Bourjos, who’ll turn 30 in a few days, signed with Chicago on a minor-league deal.
Valued mostly for his speed and defense, Bourjos has had his moments at the plate. And he owns a productive .313/.340/.521 slash this spring, seemingly opening the door to semi-regular playing time with the rebuilding White Sox. It could be, though, that the Sox have other ideas up the middle.
If the sides can line up, it seems that Bourjos would function as a reserve outfielder in Tampa Bay. As Topkin notes, Colby Rasmus is expected to open the season on the DL, which creates some need for depth. And the club evidently isn’t content with utilizing Mallex Smith as the only center field-capable reserve, since Bourjos’s ability to play center is said to hold appeal. What the pursuit means for Smith remains to be seen.