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Abreu meets with Scioscia, discusses playing time

Posted on: February 27, 2012 12:54 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 12:55 pm
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The new season for the Angels' Bobby Abreu started with a meeting in the manager's office.

Abreu, Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto met early Monday before the Angels' first full-squad workout to discuss Abreu's concern that there will not be enough playing time for him on a loaded team that includes Albert Pujols, Kendrys Morales, Torii Hunter, Vernon Wells and Mark Trumbo.

Scioscia assured Abreu that there will be a way to get him 400 plate appearances. Abreu has gotten fewer than 600 plate appearances only once in the past 13 years and told reporters after the meeting that he still would like to be in the 600-700 range.

"The situation right now, how it's going to be handled, we'll see," Abreu said.

Abreu, who told ESPNDeportes last week that he would rather be traded than accept a diminished role, reiterated to reporters following the meeting that he still wants to play every day but said he is satisfied -- for now.

"[Scioscia] said he's going to find a way to give me some at-bats at DH, left field, right field," Abreu said. "He said I'm not going to be on the bench for a whole week.

"That's fine. I just want to be on the field."

The situation will evolve as the spring lengthens, no doubt. But clearly, the Angels have an abundance of riches, and if Morales is healthy, there is going to be a squeeze on DH plate appearances.

The Angels project Wells in left field and Hunter in right, with Morales as the DH. Mark Trumbo, still recovering from a stress fracture suffered last season, is in the mix as well. Trumbo, who slammed 29 homers and had 87 RBIs as a rookie last season, will work at third base but likely will get some DH at-bats as well.

Morales had 34 homers and 108 RBI in 2009 and finished fifth in MVP voting that year. But he broke an ankle in May, 2010, and has not played since.

"I think he'll be in that range," Scioscia said of Abreu and 400 plate appearances. "If you look at our outfield situation, guys might get a day to DH or a day off to get off of their feet. How many days Peter [Bourjos] plays center field, how many days Vernon plays left field ... there are going to be starts. There are going to be chances for Bobby to contribute."

"I've played 150 games or more [a season] my whole career," Abreu said. "I love this game. I love to play.

"I just [told them] I want to be on the field every day."

Asked if he would waive his no-trade clause for a deal to a non-contender rather than sit on the Angels bench, Abreu said he'll take a wait-and-see approach.

"Let's see," he said. "It's tough to answer right now. We have a lot of opportunity to win now right here. When I was in Philly, when I was in New York ... I missed two rings there.

"I just want to be a part of it."

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:30 pm

Abreu meets with Scioscia, discusses playing time

yesterday it's torii talking about how he is playing like he is 28 it's bobby dreaming about 600-700 plate appearances ...they must feel the end of their careers on the horizon after reporting to camp ...scioscia has always preferred to play his veterans to a fault but is now feeling the heat to deliver the best team the angels have regardless of experience ...angels fans (and i am sure to a large degree, arte and the entire front office) want to see morales, borjous, trout, and trumbo in the lineup every night ahead of bobby and torii because it gives us the best chance to win ...when bobby goes from wanting to be traded to being "promised" 400 plate appearances it only means someone is, or a combination of players are, hurt (borjous, morales, trumbo) ...i can't believe in these guys actually being healthy and just not getting the ab's over bobby ...and i think there will be a lot to be said about these injuries by whether or not trout breaks camp in the bigs ...and remember the halos still have a glaring weakness at 3b (even though callaspo led the team in batting avg at .288) that trumbo is being tested to fill ...if he is healthy and breaks camp at 3b gets his power bat in the lineup everyday and cuts down on the log jam at 1b/of/dh
   ok ok vernon wells ...there i said his name ...he is not going anywhere and is a lock to have a significantly better season (sometimes the truth can be funny also) than last year so angels fans need to forget about this guy being traded w/ arte eating money or benched ...IT ISN'T GOING TO HAPPEN guess what everybody ...the halos are deep and that aint bad.

Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:17 pm

Abreu meets with Scioscia, discusses playing time

I like Bobby always have. He was a class act when in Philly. I just would like to know if Scioscia was including spring training at bats. The Angles look loaded but the injury bug has been known to strike when least expected. Bobby is good insurance if not a every day guy to any American League team.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:21 pm

Abreu meets with Scioscia, discusses playing time

I know Mike Scioscia has that 1 WS title as Angels manager, but "assuring" a washed up & overweight Bobby Abreau playing time & 400AB`s instead of say Mike Trout or last years terrible trade of monster DH Mike Napoli b/c he wasn`t the perfect defensive catcher Scioscia prefers is not good strategy.  For big Bobby the 600-700 level of AB`s???  Dude, your skillz are vaporized, hit the gym, outwork that other slug Vernon Wells. Shut up and make them play you or trade you by hitting.  

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 3:46 pm

Abreu meets with Scioscia, discusses playing time

It sounds more like PR talk and keeping his value up so they can trade him...cause I doubt it would help their cause for teams thinking Angels are desparate to deal him

Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 3:44 pm

Abreu meets with Scioscia, discusses playing time

I am sure there are other teams that would sign Abreu to hit about 400 times a year.

Since: Jun 3, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 3:15 pm

Abreu meets with Scioscia, discusses playing time

Did Scioscia mention for what team he'd get those at bats?

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 1:49 pm

Abreu meets with Scioscia, discusses playing time

How is he going to get 400 at bats. Are they batting 10 now?

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 1:47 pm

Abreu meets with Scioscia, discusses playing time

I'm sure that conversation ended afterwards with Scioscia saying to a security guard "Keep that fat dope out of my office. if he doesn't hit I won't give his fat lazy ass 200 ABs."

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