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The Angels would trade Bobby Abreu for “a middling prospect”

Feb 10, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

Bobby Abreu AP

There are a lot of guys in Anaheim who can play 1B/DH/corner outfield, and thus it’s kinda hard to see how many plate appearances Bobby Abreu is going to get. In light of that — and in light of the fact that he makes $9 million — the Angels would like to trade him. ¬†Jayson Stark reports that they’d accept a “middling prospect” for him.

Abreu hit .253/.353/.365 in 2011. The on base skills are still vaguely there, so if he was close to free I suppose someone could find a use for him. But given the near total lack of power and the near lack of defensive value I’m not sure anyone gives up even a mediocre minor leaguer for him, especially if they were expected to cover any significant part of that $9 million.

My guess: he finds himself in some sort of DH platoon in Anaheim at best. But, for the most part, spends his last year under contract as a really expensive pinch hitter.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 10, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Trade him to the Yankees for AJ

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      AJ is a middling prospect.

      • Old Gator - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:14 AM

        What you mean is that AJ’s prospects are middling.

      • Utley's Hair - Feb 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

        Abreu was traded to the Yankers with Cory Lidle for four middling prospects, one of whom eventually gave up baseball for basketball. One of them did pitch for the Dodgers for a while—does that jeopardize his “prospect” status?

      • Gamera the Brave - Feb 10, 2012 at 2:23 PM

        Wait, are we using “middling” as an adjective or a verb here?…

  2. paperlions - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    He hits like a glove-only SS, can’t play defense, and makes $9M….sign me up.

  3. Utley's Hair - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Your assertion that he can play corner outfield is amusing.

  4. seanthegreatest - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    He could DH for the Tigers. He’s better than Inge.

    • Kyle - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      I was thinking the same thing. If they really believe they need a DH, Bobby could fit the bill nicely.

  5. scatterbrian - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    He was also 21 of 26 in SB attempts. He still has a bit of value strictly at DH, but the Angels would have to throw in some cash in a trade. Otherwise, the interested team should just sign Johnny Damon.

  6. hank10 - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Bobby Aboo-boo. Never has a player made more out of hollow numbers than he. Up by 5 or down by 7, he’d always pop a homer or drive in a run. Still waiting for him to give back that bogus Gold Glove he ‘won’ in ’05.

  7. unclearnie - Feb 10, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    If you take Bobby, the Angels will throw in Tony R… You know, the guy that gave Bobby the too easily reachable “at bats” clause that made him a $9 million Angel this year and traded Mike Napoli for Vernon Wells (and his entire contract). You can have him mentor you entry level front office people – have them do just the opposite of what Tony says…

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