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The Indians are interested in . . . Bobby Abreu?

Jan 7, 2014, 6:06 AM EDT

In a world where people keep giving Jeff Francoeur paychecks I don’t suppose anything should surprise us. But this is still surprising:


Abreu has been hitting the cover off the ball down in Venezuela this winter. But he usually does. He also sat out all of 2013 following a 2012 which showed him to be more or less finished as a useful player. He still has some residual on-base ability — Abreu will be able to fall out of bed and work a walk when he’s 60 — but the power and speed and defense that were once his hallmarks have been gone for some time.

One wonders if this news nugget came out before the Indians signed Francoeur, because it’d be hard to feature the Tribe bringing in both of these guys. Unless of course the plan is to combine them into one player via surgical means. Kind of a golem, if you will, with Abreu’s plate patience and Francoeur’s defense and smile and stuff.  Maybe they can also get Mark Reynolds or someone for power. Give it three heads and everything.

Which, to be clear, I strongly advocate.

  1. cur68 - Jan 7, 2014 at 6:44 AM

    You need to go back to adding “…for some reason” to the end of your post titles, Craig. So many of them need it.

  2. scotttheskeptic - Jan 7, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Known for his defense? Ummm, I think not.

  3. Old Gator - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    You make a golem out of clay, Craig – not…oh, the new pottymouth filter….that other stuff.

  4. nymets4ever - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Nice to see Abreu working hard and trying to keep the dream alive. He’s had a terrific career, one that merits borderline Hall of Fame consideration – and unlike you, I’m actually rooting for him to succeed instead of fail.

  5. pastabelly - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Has any team had a worse offseason than the Indians? Maybe Baltimore has, but this team has fallen below the Royals and could be a .500 team.

    • takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM

      Give some time, pastabelly. last year they didn’t sign Giambi or Borne until late January or early February. This is when the remaining free agents start to lower their prices, which is when the Indians do their shopping. They’ll be just fine, and don’t think for a second they fell below the Royals.

      • pastabelly - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        You could be right. However, so far, the Indians took two steps back (closer and rotation). Kansas City has added Aoki, Infante, and Vargas.

    • r8rnuck - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      pasta, i don’t think losing perez is something that should concern the indians. that is addition by subtraction. plus, i think cody allen is going to step into that role and turn some heads.

  6. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    This is what the Indians do. They sign 6 or 7 has been’s or never were’s to minor league deals with an invite, and hope one or two stick or contribute in some way. Little risk, really, and in light of how well the Giambi and Kazmir signings paid off last year, I’m guessing they think they can stroke gold again. or maybe silver…

    • r8rnuck - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      i think its stupid to criticize the moves…because its not robinson cano it has no value? the risk-to-benefit ratio is the best way to look at it, i agree…this is as low risk as it gets, short of not signing anyone. and exactly, signing kazmir was soooo bizarre! why bother, right?? go worry about your braves and paying $13m for someone to ride the pine

  7. rjmarrella - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    The defense?! Did you ever see bobby play? There is no D in Abreu

    • jcmeyer10 - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      You can’t spell Abreu with the E.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 7, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      Yes, I did. Did you?

      In his prime, he had a very strong accurate arm, he regularly was among the leaders in Outfield Assists, and more significantly, runners were very reluctant to go 1st to 3rd on him. Not to mention, he won a Gold Glove in 2005

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:18 AM

        A Gold Glove, eh? Well, that is the gold standard of measuring one’s defensive ability.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        Nice cherry pick.

        I assume you can not rebut what I was saying

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        I’m not saying anything about Abreu one way or the other. I just like the use of the Gold Glove as a supporting measure.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        As “a” supporting measure, yes, but not the only one. And used in support of the contention that his defense was a “hallmark” for him, not that he was Willie Mays

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        I’m not disagreeing with you. Abreu was a pretty solid defender and had good accuracy throwing out of the outfield. I’m not sure I understand the hate on his defensive ability here.

        But the Gold Glove means nothing.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        Gold Glove is not the be all, I agree. As I said, the most significant thing about his D to me was the fact the runners parked themselves at 2nd base But “Gold Glove means nothing” is a tad strong

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 7, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        Mark McGwire, Gold Glove winner
        Derek Jeter, 5x Gold Glove winner
        Rafael Palmeiro, 1999 Gold Glove winner for the Designated Hitter position

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        You really are obsessed about the Gold Glove!

        A) it was one of several things I mentioned, and as I said, it was not the most significant
        B) I said I agree it is not the “Be all end all”
        C) it has SOME meaning!

  8. riverace19 - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Fusing players together… The new era after PEDs… How would fusing be detected? When Jeffy starts looking at pitches?

  9. hank10 - Jan 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Defense? Abreu never met a wall he didn’t try to avoid.

  10. janessa31888 - Jan 7, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    BOO! /Throws fake money at Chris Antonetti.
    He is looking worse and worse every day.

    • r8rnuck - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      other than just booing because you want to whine or have a bunch of 1y/$6,7,8m contracts, maybe just realize that team depth is sometimes more important than individual players. if he plays well, they keep after spring training. if not, see ya. stop being a “me too”. there’s a lot in the background that can be happening that you aren’t aware of that also might be reasons for these kind of low risk moves (as in, maybe working on long term deals with ubaldo and jam master-jay)

  11. vikesdynasty - Jan 7, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Hof? Lolololol

  12. eagles512 - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Defense was not great but he had a good arm.

  13. deathmonkey41 - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    How is Rueben Amaro not in on this?

  14. largebill - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    “Give it three heads and everything.”

    Have to assume this move would also help with attendance. For a little while anyways until the novelty wears off.

  15. Al - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    With Bourne, Brantley, Raburn/Murphy, plus Swisher, the Indians are basically looking at guys like Abreu and Francoeur as 5th OFs. The leading internal candidate is apparently Matt Carson, who will be entering his age 32 season with all of 187 big league PAs to his credit. There’s nothing wrong with taking a shot at guys like this for a bench spot.

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