Discussions on a trade that would send St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese to the Los Angeles Angels for outfielder Peter Bourjos were termed "serious" by one source Thursday.
The Angels' first priority this winter is to add pitching, but they also traded away Alberto Callaspo last summer, leaving another hole at third base. The speedy, defense-first Bourjos is the fourth man in an outfield of Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton and J.B. Shuck.
Freese, who will be 31 in April, was MVP of the 2011 World Series and NLCS for the Cardinals. He batted .262 with nine home runs in 138 games in 2013, then really struggled during the postseason, batting .179 as the Cardinals lost the World Series in six games to the Boston Red Sox.
In the absence of Freese, the Cardinals likely would move Matt Carpenter from second base to third, opening second base for rookie Kolten Wong.
Foxsports.com first reported the talks.