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Bobby Abreu willing to DH if needed

Posted on: November 20, 2010 1:50 pm
Abreu One of the Angels' primary targets this offseason is Carl Crawford.

In many respects, he's the perfect player for the Angels, who love players with strong defense, who play the game with their wheels and can hit for a solid batting average and chip in on the power department as well.

However, if he joins the Angels, it would put the onus on one of the incumbent outfielders to become a DH.

Peter Bourjos, who took over center field for Los Angeles near the end of the year, certainly isn't eligible for that because there are too many questions surrounding his bat and much of his value is tied up in being a fantastic defender.

Torii Hunter, meanwhile, may have been moved from center for Bourjos, but is still a solid defender and doesn't need to move out of right field.

Where the fit comes in for DH is when you look at Bobby Abreu, who has been a liability on defense for some time now but has managed to remain as right and left fielder for the Angels. If Crawford decides to head to L.A., the odds are Abreu will be the one headed to the DH position.

"I have no problem with that," Abreu said Friday to . "If it's something that's going to make the team better, I'm for it. I've got no problem."

The move to DH may actually be a boon for Abreu, who will turn 37 prior to Opening Day. His risk of injuries would be lessened as the DH, improving his chances of playing in at leat 150 games for 14 straight seasons. If he can pull off that feat in 2011, he will have beaten out Willie Mays for that distinction, having tied Mays in 2010 with 154 games played. In an attempt to crack the 150-game barrier, Abreu won't be playing winter ball.

"I decided it would be better just to rest," said Abreu.

With a move to DH, Abreu might be able to bounce back with the bat after hitting just .255/.352/.435 in 667 plate appearances with 20 homers. Abreu had hit .293/.390/.435 for the Angels in 2009. His batting average is all that stands between Abreu and his career numbers, and focusing on hitting could address that issue in what will be the former Phillie and Yankee's final season of a two-year contract.

Abreu realizes that he needs to improve on his season, just like everyone on the team needs to to bounce back from an 80-82 record, the first time since 2003 that Los Angeles finished under .500.

"We need everybody to step up and have a good year," Abreu noted.

And the way Abreu may get his good year is by moving to the DH. First things first, though: Get Carl Crawford.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 6:05 pm

Bobby Abreu willing to DH if needed

  • Point taken!

But, understand that a solid glove, 25 HR's would be an instant upgrade at 3B. Don't try and sell me on a poor attitude. Who the hell are you? I have been an Angel fan since the beginning.

Oh, to coin your phrase, " a young consistent player" - - - good luck!

My line-up is solid. Defensively and Offensively. The Manager (Scioscia) will control the ballplayers!

Stick to something you know.

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2010 9:48 pm

Bobby Abreu willing to DH if needed

I love reading comments, it an easy way to tell whether the person knows what there talking about or not.  In this case everyone who thinks the Angels shouls sign Beltre shows me they don't.  Beltre is a giant baby, who doesn't have the mental skills or unselfishness it takes to be on an Angels team.  He is a me first player,  who has only hit over .300 twice in his career, both contract years.  Plus he couldn't steal second base if it was 20ft away and his glove is not what it use to be.  That tells you everything you need to know about this guy.   We need a young consistent player who wants to win as a team and doesn't throw a fit when someone touches his head.   Are you sure you Beltre roundmouths are Angels fan, because your not helping the team with those kinds of suggestions?

Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2010 5:53 pm

Bobby Abreu willing to DH if needed

Sorry, but that is rather nice of Abreu to agree with the move to DH. I would sign Crawford and sign Beltre.

Lineup of:

1. Bourjos -CF
2. Kendrick  -2B
3. Crawford -LF
4. Morales - 1B
5. Hunter - RF
6. Abreu - DH
7. Beltre - 3B
8. Mathis - C
9. Aybar - SS

Off the bench: Callaspo, Wood

Trade - Rivera and Napoli see what you can get for minor league depth

Since: Nov 22, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2010 4:09 pm
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Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2010 10:28 pm

Bobby Abreu willing to DH if needed

I'm kind of wondering why injuries are even brought up as a factor in this article.  Yeah he may be a suspect defender and may be better off relegated to a DH role, but injuries shouldn't have anything to do with it.  Abreu has been an iron man his entire career.  

Since: May 10, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2010 10:10 am

Bobby Abreu willing to DH if needed

Abreu is a team player. He hit wherever Scioscia needed him to this year and played right, left and dh'ed. He could be traded but with that contract I don't see it. As far as being oft injured, the guy has played at least 150 games for the last 13 years.

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2010 12:58 am

Bobby Abreu willing to DH if needed

He has no chance to get to 3000 without embracing the DH's wrongs to the game.  

The DH has saved many careers, from quitters like Harold Baines, to the Edgar Martinez, and even the beloved fielding quitter Frank Thomas (already playing first base, yet he still needs to be a bum DH).

At the age of 37 it is Bobby's time to join the elite.  Let the avid DH role avoider have his bottle.  He deserves it as he has avoided the role like a pro.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 20, 2010 10:12 pm

Bobby Abreu willing to DH if needed

Abreu is not a team player. He has to accept any role the Angels give him unless he wants to be cut or traded. The prospects of an aging and oft-injured unreliable fielder landing a starting role is highly unlikely. Do not be mistaken. He is only a "team player" because he wants to keep a job....any job. Now if the guy was still a star player and was told to accept a reduced role and he embraced it then he would be a team player. 

Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: November 20, 2010 7:36 pm

Bobby Abreu willing to DH if needed

@ bronson90210

You've got the winner with that one my friend lol.....well played sir.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2010 6:33 pm

Bobby Abreu willing to DH if needed

bronson90210 is willing to DH if Crawford comes to the Red Sox. He'll even play for the league minimum.

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