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Bobby Abreu’s $9 million option for 2012 vested yesterday

Aug 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

Bobby Abreu AP

As part of a two-year, $19 million deal signed with the Angels two offseasons ago Bobby Abreu got a $9 million option for 2012 that vested if he totaled at least 1,100 plate appearances between 2010 and 2011.

He reached that mark yesterday afternoon, although no one really noticed at the time because the Angels and Tigers were so busy showboating, throwing at people’s heads, bunting during no-hitters, and generally behaving badly.

Yet with 667 plate appearances last season and 433 trips to the plate so far this year Abreu is now under contract for $9 million next season, which is certainly more than the Angels would like to pay a 38-year-old corner outfielder/designated hitter with a .354 slugging percentage.

Abreu remains a remarkably effective base-stealer and his on-base skills are still excellent, as his 67 walks rank fourth in the league and his .380 on-base percentage ranks eighth despite a mediocre .264 batting average. However, his power is basically non-existent at this point with four homers and 19 doubles in 364 at-bats. Toss in sub par defense plus the likelihood that he’ll decline even further next year and the $9 million option vesting was a much better thing for Abreu than for the Angels.

  1. yankeesgameday - Aug 1, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Angels news? Ugh. I’m going back to sleep. Wake me when an East Coast team does something.

  2. FC - Aug 1, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Oh Abreu how you have fallen. It’s no accident my hometown Leones failed to win a championship in Venezuela while you were there and the only year you DIDN’T go to winter ball my team won it again, a span of 11 years! Lay off those Arepas, Raul Ibanez looks twice as fit as you do, that Arepa Belly is starting to show…

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