The Phillies have claimed St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos off waivers, according to a report by Derrick Goold.

The transaction sounds like a minor one on the surface, but it's also the type of savvy move that could go a long way.

Bourjos, 28, will now give the Phillies a defensive center fielder that the team has sorely lacked in the past. Bourjos has a year remaining under club control at a team-friendly $1.8 million.

There are no revocable waivers in the offseason so Bourjos is now officially a Phillie.

Newly hired general manager Matt Klentak has vast experience with Bourjos, he was an assistant GM with the Anaheim Angels --- the team who drafted Bourjos in 2005. Bourjos has his best year in the majors in 2011 with the Angels when he hit .271 in 147 games played.

Since joining the Cardinals in 2013, Bourjos never got much of an opportunity never reaching 300 at bats.

The Phillies brass will be in Nashville next week for the annual Winter Meetings.