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Report: Abreu-to-Indians only has “50-50″ chance

Mar 29, 2012, 9:49 PM EDT

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Indians and Angels are close to finalizing a trade involving veteran outfielder and DH Bobby Abreu.

No word yet on what the Angels would receive in return, but it’s probably not going to be much.

Abreu, 38, hit just .253/.353/.365 with eight home runs across 585 plate appearances last season for Anaheim and no longer possesses much defensive range. He’s also owed a $9 million salary in 2012, which the Angels will likely have to eat all or most of.

Abreu will presumably start in left field this year for Cleveland if the trade indeed goes down. Which has us wondering whether he’s really any better than Shelley Duncan, all things considered.

UPDATE, 10:01 PM: FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi says Indians outfielder Trevor Crowe was pulled from a minor league game Thursday for the purpose of a trade. It’s probably safe to connect the two.

UPDATE, 10:35 PM: Abreu’s agent told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that he “has not gotten confirmation” that a deal has been agreed to involving his client. This one might take a while.

UPDATE, 10:58 PM: According to Heyman, the Crowe trade that Morosi caught word of earlier is now a “no-go.” It’s not clear whether that means the Abreu trade has also been called off.

UPDATE, 11:27 PM: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Abreu is only “50-50″ to be dealt.

  1. talbaugh - Mar 29, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    What does this mean for the Angels outfield? A Mike Trout callup sooner rather than later?

    Or is it more a reflection of Kendry Morales’s health and production this spring?

    • Drew Silva - Mar 29, 2012 at 9:57 PM

      The latter.

    • jason1214 - Mar 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM

      Neither. Angels OF at least initially will be Wells, PB & Hunter
      Morales should be primary DH all season or at least until midseason coming off a serious foot injury.
      Trout is part of the picture, but more likely a 2nd half or 2013 start in OF

  2. bleed4philly - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Dude gets on base

  3. bigred12 - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    well he’s got a better name, that’s for sure

  4. largebill - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Tribe’s tryout of various whatnot for LF has been a major disappointment in camp. Duncan can be useful, but he is not an every day player. They could catch a couple good months from Abreu looking to prove the Angels wrong. At worst they get a couple crappy months for little in trade as I hear it may be Crowe going the other direction. Either that or Crowe is being sent elsewhere.

  5. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Anaheim will receive on framed copy of Chris Perez’s head shot.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:31 PM

      *one

      Damn it. Hard to feel like your comment was very clever when you can’t even write one sentence without a typo.

  6. eastcoastblows - Mar 30, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    There’s a 50/50 chance that I might give a gosh golly darn it

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