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Bobby Abreu wants a trade if he won’t be an everyday player with the Angels

Feb 21, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Angels’ general manager Jerry Dipoto told Alden Gonzalez of that Abreu hasn’t personally issued an ultimatum to him or manager Mike Scioscia:

“I spoke to Bobby a little more than a week ago, I’d say — a week, 10 days ago — and walked through his current situation, and Mike has had very similar conversations,” Dipoto said. “So, Bobby is aware of the circumstances, he’s aware of the people on the roster. We do see a fit for Bobby on this club, he’s aware of where that fit is. It’s not something that we’re going to play it [out] in the media. … Whether it’s an ultimatum that’s been issued, he has no right to do that.”

7:20 PM: Bobby Abreu‘s potential role with the Angels this season will depend on the health of Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo, but he told Enrique Rojas of today that he will request a trade if he’s not an everyday player.

“I’m an everyday player. I can still be in the lineup for a Major League team,” said Abreu from his native Venezuela. “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 in the bench.”

Abreu turns 38 next month and is coming off a disappointing season in which he batted .253/.353/.365 with eight homers and a .717 OPS, so if both Morales and Trumbo are ready for Opening Day, the log jam would undoubtedly force him into a part-time role.

Morales, who missed all of last season following a second surgery on his left ankle, said over the weekend that he “feels a lot better” than he did last spring and that he “should be ready” for Opening Day. Meanwhile, Trumbo is already hitting and fielding following a stress fracture in his right foot and hopes to be cleared next week to begin running at full speed.

We’ve heard chatter about the Angels shopping Abreu for a while now and they nearly found a match with the Yankees recently, but right-hander A.J. Burnett nixed the deal by invoking his no-trade clause. Abreu is owed $9 million this season, so the Angels would likely have to cover a chunk of his remaining salary in order to make a trade palatable for someone.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 21, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Do the Pirates need an (ahem) everyday outfielder? All it would take is a minor prospect and the Angels would absorb a good portion of his salary.

  2. hep3 - Feb 21, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Bobby, Bobby, Bobby. You are making $9 million so just STFU unless you are willing to void your deal and sign for less with another team.

    • Francisco (FC) - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      At this point in his career $9MM is peanuts for Bob, he’s already earned far far more in the past. So he’s entitled to be in Roy Ozwalt mode.

      • Francisco (FC) - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM

        Not that that means he’ll get what he wants, just ask Roy how that’s working for him.

  3. skeleteeth - Feb 21, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    I think they’ve altered the term “everyday player” to include those that dive and slide.

    • deathmonkey41 - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:11 PM

      He needs to learn to play with Cody Ross-like intensity.

  4. mwz73trz - Feb 21, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    If your the everyday player, earn the spot, like anyone else, prove your worthy of starting and the multimillion $ you will be making.

  5. 4d3fect - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Dream on, Bobby.

  6. dondada10 - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Does the team that acquires him have to play him everyday? Because if so, that’s asking a lot.

  7. henryd3rd - Feb 22, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    There a nine million reason to get into shape and play hard when Mike Scocia pencils you into the starting lineup. Plus there’s that little matter of the Angels’ recent free agent addition who will get some DH time as well. So if you’re willing to walk away from Arte’s money and retire the best thing you can do is shut up. By the way how many World Series rings are on your fingers? None! Phillies and Yanks both won without you and this may be your last chance at one

  8. buffalomafia - Feb 22, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    Like the other blogger said, your 38 years old making $9 million STFU!

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