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Indians “not all that interested” in Bobby Abreu

Jan 7, 2014, 8:13 PM EDT

Tony Lastoria of IndiansBaseballInsider.com wrote Monday that the Indians “are very interested in signing” free agent Bobby Abreu, but FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi heard Tuesday that no offer had yet been made and now comes this followup report from Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Abreu has been putting up big numbers this offseason in the Venezuelan Winter League, but he did not play affiliated ball in 2013 and he had a rough .693 OPS in 2012 with the Angels and Dodgers.

The 39-year-old — he turns 40 in March — will continue to struggle in his search for a minor league deal.

  1. cackalackyank - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Translation: Abreu will be signed by the end of January to a minor league deal with spring training invite for the Indians.

  2. johnnysoda - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Little wonder. If the Indians actually wanted both Giambi and Abreu on their payroll, I’d say they’d need a mental exam.

    • johnnysoda - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      Add: random Bobby Abreu trivia: he didn’t actually play in his major league debut. He was scheduled to pinch hit to lead off the ninth inning for the Astros on September 1, 1996, but he was pinch hit for in return without finishing the at-bat.

    • pastabelly - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:20 AM

      Manny Ramirez is still available and would love to finish it up where it all began. :)

  3. straightouttavtown - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    My feeling about Abreu is that he can still contribute to a major league team, especially in light of his recent performance in winter league. He can get on base, work the count, and is still a threat on the basepath. The home run power is pretty much gone, but he can still hit line drives and post a good OBP. In this offense starved era, there are a lot of worse players than him in the major.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    This could be a player for the bluejays as im more then certain Abreu would play for the league min. AA give him a call, it can’t hurt, at least not as much as the Josh Johnson and Mark Burhle deals did, LOL

    • Old Gator - Jan 7, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      It’s fun to watch you amuse yourself. Don’t run out of Vaseline.

  5. nymets4ever - Jan 7, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    He’s not a terrible guy to have come off the bench and give you a professional AB late in a game. Work the count, draw a walk or maybe hit a line drive somewhere.

  6. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 8, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    They like him, but don’t LIKE like him.

    • Old Gator - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      The more acute version of that comment may be found in Death of a Salesman: “He was liked, but not well liked.”

  7. yordo - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Good. It was an insult to all of the real free agents out there. They have feelings, too.

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