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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: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:23 am

Abreu says play him every day or trade him

Nobody is going to want him in a trade, so he better take the playing time he gets and run with it.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 1:25 am

Abreu says play him every day or trade him

Abreu should be counting his blessings that he's still on a MLB team after the garbage statistical year he put together last season. He's CLEARLY a bench player as they have no room to DH him w/ Trumbo, Pujols and Morales either playing 1st/DH, their outfield is stacked w/ faster/younger talented like Bourjos and possibly trumbo. It amazes me when a guy who can't top .255 BA, with zero speed and limited power, not to mention lackluster defensive skills, is demanding a trade because he wants to play every day..... Where is he going to play every day if he is traded??? Even basement teams like Pit, Houston, SD, Balt, Sea, Oak would never start Abreu every day. If he shuts up, accepts his role as a replacement option/pinch hitter, who's almost 40 years old and making 9 Mil, he could end up w/ a world series ring and go into retirement as most players can only dream of. It's not like he needs to prove anything at this point and he's not playing for a contract (this year will probably be his last if he can make it through a whole season at 38). THERE'S NO "I" IN TEAM BOBBY.... 

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:08 am

Abreu says play him every day or trade him

Bobby Abreu is demanding a trade?  Bobby Freakin' Abreu???  How ridiculous.  Frankly, at this stage of Abreu's career the clubhouse boy is probably more valuable.  This guy is living in a 2004 dream world.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:13 pm

Abreu says play him every day or trade him

For 9 mil, I will play wherever and whenever they want.

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:18 pm

Abreu says play him every day or trade him

so bobby abreu is a me-first player! gosh i'm so shocked you could knock me over with a feather. well at least he's still a great defensive player always willing to sacrifice his body by crashing into the wall to make a catch.

Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:02 pm

Abreu says play him every day or trade him

It was a nice run, Bobby! Go out in style. Do what the club wants/needs you to do and be happy you are still cashing checks!

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