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Angels tell Bobby Abreu he’ll get 400 plate appearances

Feb 27, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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Bobby Abreu said last week that he’ll ask for a trade if the Angels aren’t going to use him as an everyday player, but apparently now he’s fine with something less than an everyday role.

There’s no getting around the fact that the Angels’ first base/corner outfielder/designated hitter logjam means Abreu will be a part-time player if he isn’t traded before Opening Day, but general manager Jerry Dipoto tried to assuage the 38-year-old’s playing time worries today by saying he’s in line for around 400 plate appearances.

Abreu got 585 plate appearances last season and it was his first time under 650 plate appearances since 1998. In other words, he’s basically never been a part-time player.

Abreu told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that 400 at-bats “is fine with me,” although it’s worth noting that the Angels cited 400 plate appearances, rather than 400 at-bats, which can be a big difference considering Abreu’s walk rate. Whatever the case, I still think there’s a strong chance he’s moved between now and the end of spring training if Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo get healthy.

  1. ryanindusblue - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    38 is a little old for ball.

  2. henryd3rd - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Did they guarantee that those at bats would be in an Angels’ uniform? When is the trade deadline?

  3. cleverbob - Feb 28, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Those 400 plate appearances also include trips to the post game buffet.

  4. pisano - Feb 28, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    As I said in an earlier post, he’s already been given the kiss of death when Dipoto said he was keeping him and soon thereafter tried to trade him to the Yankees for A.J. (which I thought was a good move for the Yanks) if he makes it through spring training, I don’t see him lasting the year with the Angels. The only reason he’s still there now is his $9 mil. contract.

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