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Abreu says play him every day or trade him

Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:51 pm
Bobby AbreuBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Angels apparently don't have a spot for outfielder Bobby Abreu and he's not real happy about it. Abreau told Enrique Rojas of that he'd rather be traded than be a platoon player.

"I'm an every-day player. I can still be in the lineup for a Major League team," Abreu, still in his native Venezuela, told Rojas on Tuesday. "I will not be on the bench knowing that I can play.

"If the Angels don't have a position for me, then the best thing is to trade me. It would be the correct [thing] to do. I won't be able to do nothing sitting on the bench."

Abreu is in the final year of his contract with the Angels and will make $9 million this season. He will turn 38 next month.

There seems to be the odd man out in the Angels' outfield, with Vernon Wells, Torii Hunter and Peter Bourjos as the probable lineup. There's also the case of Mike Trout, one of the top prospects in baseball, who also plays the outfielder. The team is also crowded at DH, with Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo having to play somewhere after the team signed Albert Pujols.

Abreu told Rojas that Angels manager Mike Scioscia told him he'd like to play him in both corner outfield spots and DH, still playing most every day. But Abreu said if he's strictly a bench player, he'd prefer a trade.

"I want to play, and I believe I can help this team," he told Rojas. "But if there's no spot for me, then I would prefer to play somewhere different."

Abreu hit .253/.353/.365 last season with eight home runs in 585 plate appearances. His batting average and on-base percentage were similar to his 2010 performance (.253 batting average, .353 on-base), but his power dropped considerably, with his slugging percentage dipping to .365 and failing to reach double-digit home runs for the first time as a full-time player.

Abreu is the only left-handed hitter among the team's outfielders, which could help his case. Trumbo is also a right-hadned hitter, while Morales is a switch-hitter. Last season, Abreu hit all eight of his homers off of right handers, and hit .259/.366/.400 against right-handers and .238/.319/.279 against left-handers and he's always hit right-handers better.

Of course, Abreu can want a trade, he has very little leverage when it comes to forcing it to happen.

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Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:22 pm

Abreu says play him every day or trade him

I agree that Bobby A. needs to shut up and enjoy the potential ride this season.  The Angels have Pujols, Wilson and return a ton of good players.  Bobby should be fired up, as they have a good shot at a deep post-season run and possibly a ring.  Instead he wants to be traded... Hint Bobby- .250 hitters with 8 HRs in nearly 600 at bats are NOT in high demand, especially when they make 9 million per year

Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:58 am

Abreu says play him every day or trade him

Bobby barely had the talent in his prime to request a trade, and now he is demanding a trade when his career is basically over. Abreu should have never expressed his desire to be traded publicly. He has been a class act his entire career, and something like this puts a dark cloud on what has been a bright and prosperous career for Abreu. Suprising move for a guy who has been and up standing class act in MLB.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:16 am

Abreu says play him every day or trade him

That picture of Abreu is really sad to look at. He looks like he weighs over 250 pounds. What has he done to himself? He is no longer in top baseball shape. Especially for a guy who is expected to play the outfield or run the bases after getting on base. He looks like Bartolo Colon......and that's not good! Actually, Colon has lost alot weight from his Yankees days. He looks a lot trimmer now that he is with Oakland.

"I want to play, and I believe I can help this team," he told Rojas. "But if there's no spot for me, then I would prefer to play somewhere different."

Abreu is yet another athlete who has no basic English skills. The correct phrase to use would have been "then I would prefer to play somewhere else".

Perhaps the Angels should send him to the minors. After all that is somewhere different than the major leagues.  

It's the A's and the Mariners for top billing in the division.....The Rangers will show that they can not sustain excellence for more than 2 years straight...again!

The Angels made a lot of big signings and history is not very kind to teams that spend alot in hopes of buying a championship - Miami Heat, Philadelphia Eagles, NY Mets, Boston Red Sox. 

Since: May 5, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:54 am

Abreu says play him every day or trade him

Good idea TW200! Let's make it happen! The Rangers need a 4th outfielder!

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:51 am

Abreu says play him every day or trade him

Knowing how the stupid Angels work they'll probably trade him to Texas for a nobody and pay half of his salary. Then the guy will kill them all season long. Stupid Angels, what team gives a 38-year old $9mil a year? Oh yeah, the really stupid Angels, in a few years they'll be paying a 38-year old $25mil a season!!!

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 8:27 am

Abreu says play him every day or trade him

"Oh Well!", it was nice having you as a member of the Angels Abreu,but by the look of things as far as the Angels' outfield and the potential of the Angels' top prospect who also plays the outfield as was mentioned above....your services will no longer be needed....especially for a "$9M player" who will be spending the majority of the time on the bench with all of the talent that the Angels have at the positions that you feel that you could contribute to.

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 8:02 am

Abreu says play him every day or trade him

Bobby, give up the "demands", you will continue on the down hill slide of an aging baseball player. Suck it up and play when and where you're told for that paltry 9 Mil.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 7:41 am

Abreu says play him every day or trade him

If the angels pay half his salary I think someone would take him .

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 7:35 am

Abreu says play him every day or trade him

Just do what you need to do and you will play Abreu. This lineup is not a pitchers nightmare so slumps and injuries he will get at least 300 ab's. If you're producing they can't take you out of the lineup. Another thing this time next year you will be signing a minor league contract so bank your money.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 5:30 am

Abreu says play him every day or trade him

Sorry Bobby, I hate to break it to you but I don't think there are any teams that would trade anything for you and your 9 million dollar salary. Even more doubtful is the Angels paying another team to take Abreu off their hands, just to satisfy his ego. He probably can be playing somewhere every day in the majors, but if he hit better than .253 with 8 HR's last year, then he would likely still be a no doubt starter. 

If I were the Angels i would be looking to deal someone though, but I don't think it's going to be Abreu. I know the Angels don't want to part with any of the above, but the only ones I could see being possibilities are Hunter, Bourjos, or Trumbo. I highly doubt they would trade any of them, but no one will want Wells, Morales has health questions, and Trout is as untouchable as it gets. Something will have to give, but the ultimate decisions may be delayed until Morales proves to be fully healthy. Until then, it will be interesting to see how Mike Scioscia handles this one.  

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