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Will the Angels trade Bobby Abreu?

Posted on: March 6, 2012 5:25 pm
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto says he fully expects Bobby Abreu to be with the team through the spring and into the season.

"Absolutely," Dipoto said Tuesday.

Some baseball people who talk to the Angels aren't so sure, believing that there's a real chance that the Angels will work hard to trade Abreu between now and opening day. It would take the Angels eating a good part of Abreu's $9 million salary, but the thought is that they may be willing to do it.

The Angels certainly have been open to dealing Abreu, who turns 38 next week. They spoke to the Yankees about an Abreu for A.J. Burnett deal before Burnett was traded to the Pirates, but Burnett had the right to veto a trade and wasn't interested in going to the West Coast.

For now, the Angels' position is that they have room for Abreu, and that he can help them. Manager Mike Scioscia told reporters last week that he had assured Abreu he will play more than once or twice a week.

"He's going to get at-bats," Dipoto said.

Abreu, who has been sick and has been held out of the lineup the last couple of days, isn't saying that he wants out.

"I'm here right now," he said. "I'm here with my boys."

Those teammates would like to see him stay.

"Why would I want that?" Torii Hunter said, when it was suggested that Abreu could be traded. "Bobby's good, man. He's helpful to the other hitters, too. I know he wants to play, but he's valuable to our club, playing or not."

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Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:14 pm

Will the Angels trade Bobby Abreu?

They should try to trade him, but not at the beginning of the season.  Let him play a platoon role for a whie and hope he does well. Keep him as insurance in case of injuries.  When other teams start having injuries, the Angels can then trade him for reasonable value.  The GM is correct in maintaining that hie is still valuable. 

Since: Nov 12, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:12 am

Will the Angels trade Bobby Abreu?

The Angles need to trade Abreu while he still has value.  At 38, it's no wonder that his numbers have been declining rapidly the last few years. 

The Angles' lineup was a logjam before they signed Pujols.  With Morales (supposdely) coming back, reigning ROY Trumbo on the bench, and potential ROY Trout likely coming up sometime this season, there simply isn't any room for an aging star like Abreu.

Bourjos will likely be in CF full-time for his defense while Hunter and Wells are simply younger and more productive than Abreu.  The best thing Bobby gives the Angles is his left handed bat in a lineup full of right handed hitters, so I could see a platoon situation.  However, he has told them to "play me or trade me", and I think they will do the latter.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:44 pm

Will the Angels trade Bobby Abreu?

I'd have to agree with you on that one. Abreu is still a decent player, but he's not worth much outside of the DH role and occasional spot duty in the outfield. I don't see there being many takers at this point, and like you said, Vladdy, and especially Damon are likely better and cheaper options.

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:03 pm

Will the Angels trade Bobby Abreu?

This may not make sense, but they should bring up Trout and replace Abreu. Maybe get a decent reliever or a utility player like Eric Hinske, Reed Johnson or Mark DeRosa. It would make sense, to me at least. Nt that they should rush Trout, but they could use him as an effective leadoff hitter.

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:03 pm

Will the Angels trade Bobby Abreu?

Not when Johnny Damon and Vladdy are still on the market. They are both better options. The only way Abreu is dealt is if the angels eat 8 million of the 9 million owed to abreu.

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