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Angels release Bobby Abreu, call up Mike Trout

Apr 27, 2012, 11:10 PM EDT

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Bryce Harper isn’t the only top prospect making his way to the major leagues Saturday.

The Angels announced that they have released Bobby Abreu and will call up Mike Trout from Triple-A Salt Lake.

As for Abreu, the move appeared inevitable. After a trade with the Indians fell through at the end of spring training, the 38-year-old opened April as the odd-man out in the Angels’ lineup. He has only appeared in eight games so far this season, going 5-for-24 (.208) with three doubles and five RBI.

The Angels are on the hook for Abreu’s $9 million salary this season and he can now latch on with any team at the major league minimum. Considering that he’s a pretty big liability in the field at this point, his choices will likely be limited to American League teams.

The Angels have dropped five straight games, including two in a row in painful walk off fashion, so they are clearly hoping Trout can provide a spark for their offense. The 20-year-old entered play Friday with a ridiculous .403/.467/.623 batting line over his first 93 plate appearances with Triple-A Salt Lake, so it’s not a bad strategy.

We’re still looking at a logjam with Trout, Kendrys Morales, Mark Trumbo, Vernon Wells and Peter Bourjos all looking for at-bats between center field, right field and the DH spot, but Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto told Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register a short while ago that “Mike is going to play.”

  1. manifunk - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    This is a really good move, since Trout is just dominant out of the pen and can really close out ga…

    wait he plays WHAT position?!

    • purnellmeagrejr - Apr 28, 2012 at 7:56 AM

      THe Red Sox is my guesss – after all, they just picked up (and paid for) Marlon Byrd, No?

      • Jeremiah Graves - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:00 PM

        I suppose he could play some LF in Fenway, but even that might be a stretch at this point. 1B/DH is already covered in Boston. They’ve got Byrd/Ross/Sweeney now and they’re holding their own and can all–at least moderately–play the field. Tough to see where Abreu fits especially once Crawford and Ellsbury get back.

  2. detroitfanatic - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Wow. I picked him up after they lost 3 straight vs Tampa thinking they’d have to do something different. Glad I did.

  3. Glen - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    I can’t wait for Mickey Hatcher to screw him up.

    • chuckj1234 - Apr 28, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      Hatcher is really not a hitting coach. He just brings Mike whatever he is drinking.

  4. randygnyc - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Abreu is going to make someone happy. He’ll turn it around. Players often do after leaving a team where they felt disrespected, which may have had an effect on his performance this year. He’s leaving, with a chip on his shoulder. Good luck BA.

    • nworca - Apr 28, 2012 at 12:53 AM

      If I read this right, Abreu has 5 RBI in 8 games. If he plays 160 games, that’s a 100 RBI season. I guess, since he is only batting .208, he knows when to hit. Maybe he’s over the hill, or maybe he just needs a chance at one more season.

      • jwbiii - Apr 28, 2012 at 6:23 AM

        He hits to the scoreboard. He knows how to win.

        Actually, I’ve been told (by a person who knows him, not a scribe who judges players by the quotes they give) that he’s a really nice, down to earth guy. He’s probably more upset about his fading career than anyone.

    • sasquash20 - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:02 AM

      I predict the Angels will now turn it on. Abreu is a hollow stats guy. This is addition by subtraction.

      • dan1111 - Apr 29, 2012 at 7:31 AM

        “Hollow stats guy”–huh? No need to insult him like that. Abreu is just an excellent ballplayer who got old.

    • paperlions - Apr 28, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      Abreu is horrible. He’s 38. This is what 38 yr old ball players generally look like. His power is gone and his on-base skills are fading as pitchers realize he won’t do anything with a pitch you groove anyway.

      It’s like talking yourself into thinking Ibanez is a decent option at DH because of his RBI and ignoring his sub-.300 OBP…..anyone hitting in Ibanez’s place in the order would have a lot of RBI because the Yankees in front of him are on base all day long.

    • Glen - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      It’s gotta be an AL team, because his “defense” in the OF is brutal.

  5. dawgpoundmember - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    He can take Delmons spot when……….wait for it……..

  6. astrosfan75956 - Apr 28, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Trout deserves a starting spot lets go LAA coaches.

  7. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Apr 28, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    he’s going to detroit

  8. Utley's Hair - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    No way in hell he’s getting those 400 at bats now.

    • quintjs - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:27 AM

      If I am not reading too much into this comment, I assume you are saying that Abreu was so upset at what he thought was an outright lie (the 400 ABs comment) that he dedicated himself to become a distraction and to poor performance so he would get released and therefore guarantee that he did not reach the mark.

  9. tropboi11 - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Its about time, my fantasy team just got that much better’

  10. djm426 - Apr 28, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    Please don’t come back to Phillies

  11. drummerdave20 - Apr 28, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    come back to Philly!!

    • henryd3rd - Apr 28, 2012 at 8:31 AM

      Yeah I am sure Phillies GM Amaro would consider Bobby an upgrade in the outfield. Wait he refused to tender him a contract six years ago and let him walk.

      • phillyphreak - Apr 28, 2012 at 9:12 AM

        Point of order: 1) Amaro wasn’t the GM 6 years ago. 2) The Phillies traded him to the Yankees, he wasn’t non-tendered.

      • ditto65 - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:57 AM

        Why let facts get in the way of a snarky post.

  12. Walk - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    I thought he was promised 350 at bats or so. Now i see, they were talking about softball.

  13. kpow55 - Apr 28, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    He has the smarts to be a decent hitting coach, he’s just the last to realize his playing days are over…. Minus a fluke injury in the AL or delmon young going to some “tolerance related rehab”

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