WASHINGTON -- The Nationals continue to look for a center fielder, and they have interest in the Angels' Peter Bourjos, according to a baseball source.
Bourjos is one of five outfielders -- Denard Span, Colby Rasmus, B.J. Upton and Michael Bourn -- the Nationals are scouting these days leading up to Sunday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Bourjos, currently the Angels' regular center fielder, is hitting .265 with three home runs and 17 RBIs. He is considered a Gold Glove-caliber outfielder.
His best success is when he is hitting near the bottom of the batting order. He is a combined 71-for-250 (.284) while hitting seventh, eighth or ninth in the order, but is 5-for-36 (.139) when hitting in the leadoff spot.
The Nationals are not comfortable with Roger Bernadina in center field, and feel he is a corner outfielder.
The team is also looking for a leadoff hitter. Whether it feels Bourjos can fill that position remains to be seen. The Nationals have tried Danny Espinosa, Ian Desmond, Bernadina and Rick Ankiel at the leadoff spot, and none have worked out. They are hitting a combined .197 with a .267 on-base percentage.
Washington has a leadoff hitter waiting in the wings in second baseman Stephen Lombardozzi, but two baseball sources insist that Desmond is going nowhere. If Desmond is traded, it would mean that Espinosa would switch to shortstop.