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Dodgers “nearing deal” with free agent Bobby Abreu

May 2, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman brings word on the budding market for Bobby Abreu, who was released by the Angels last week:

Abreu is still earning his $9 million salary this year from Anaheim, so he’s likely to sign where the most amount of playing time is available. And where he might have a shot at making a late run in October.

The 38-year-old was batting just .208/.259/.333 in 27 plate appearances for the Halos this season. A few miles northwest in Chavez Revine he would likely function as part-time left fielder (and regular pinch-hitter). The Dodgers currently sit alone atop the National League West standings with an impressive 17-8 record.


UPDATE, 9:23 PM: FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Dodgers and Abreu are “nearing” a deal.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 2, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    He will be cheap as the Angels will be still paying him. As the Angels still have a log jam, I wonder what their next move will be.

  2. goldstar4robotboy - May 2, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    I’m fine with this (provided the Angels are footing most of the bill). The team needs a LF patch and power from the bench. He’ll do.

  3. AlohaMrHand - May 2, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Tis would be a great signing if the Dodgers were an AL team.Stick him between Kemp and Eithier in the lineup.But I fail to see the logic in bringing him in to just pinch hit.He isn’t an upgrade in left field over what we have now.

  4. randygnyc - May 2, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    I suspect he will be very effective with the Dodgers. There’s no denying Abreu has been a very talented hitter. Sure he’s older now, but I think his numbers will go back closer to his career averages after his Angels departure. Psychologically, I think he’s been beaten down and feels disrespected. He’ll have a chance to redeem himself in the very same town. It’s an opportunity that I don’t think he’ll squander.

    • 4d3fect - May 3, 2012 at 12:48 AM

      Where to begin with this?

      –nah, I’ll just leave him alone , he’ll never figure it out anyway.

  5. lostsok - May 3, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    They must be hoping they’ll catch lightning in a bottle; hard to imagine him being anything close to what he once was. But, on the flip side, he isn’t likely to be much worse than Juan Rivera.

  6. citizenking77 - May 3, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Chavez Ravine, where old LA Angels go to die.

    • dannymac17 - May 3, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      Angel Stadium, where old Angels reside for 27 million a year.

      • citizenking77 - May 3, 2012 at 6:58 PM

        He’ll come around, be assured. James Loney is off to a good start but will soon be back to his ways, much as Pujols will. However, maybe Brooklyn will take Wells off our hands? He’s old and suckish enough to wear Brooklyn blue.

  7. jkaflagg - May 3, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    It will be interesting to see how Abreu adjusts as a part time player, given his insistence that he is still a viable regular; perhaps he feels that Juan Rivera will eventually break down and he’ll get some time in left field……Moreover, it will be interesting to see how his “see a lot of pitches” approach will work as a pinch hitter; this used to work quite well for him, but the last two years he has more often rolled “his pitch” to the 2nd baseman rather than putting a good swing on it…..perhaps the change of scenery and the desire to stick it to the Angels (on their dime) will improve his play….

    • citizenking77 - May 3, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      Abreu and Rivera look like they’re on that Tom Lasorda weight plan. Uribe, Coffey, Ex-Brooklynite Broxton also.

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