Report: Angels interested in Cards’ Rzepczynski

Report: Angels interested in Cards’ Rzepczynski

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ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 4: Reliever Marc Rzepczynski #34 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Colorado Rockies at Busch Stadium on July 4, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by Scott Bierman / BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 11:51 AM

ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) -- The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have shown interest in acquiring a left-handed reliever and the Cardinals’ Marc Rzepczynski might be a target of interest, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

Rzepczynski has started to turn it around following a disappointing first half when he posted a 5.52 ERA.  The left-hander has nine-straight scoreless appearances (5.2 innings) this month.

Several reports suggest the Angels may be willing to depart with center fielder Peter Bourjos in a trade for the right reliever.  The 25-year-old Illinois native is an above-average defender, but has struggled at the plate.  Bourjos hit .230 with three home runs and 19 RBIs in 75 games played this season.  He is a career .249 in three seasons at the big league level.

It could be easier for the Cardinals to trade away Rzepczynski with the addition of Brian Fuentes, a left-hander, to the bullpen on Wednesday.  The Cardinals also have lefty Barret Browning in the bullpen as well.

The non-waiver trade deadline is set for July 31 at 3 p.m. CT.

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