Acquiring misplaced 5 in a row and 8 of their very last ten video games, the Angels remade their roster a little bit previous evening by releasing Bobby Abreu and calling up top prospect Mike Trout. Trout will play each day as the team hopes he injects some daily life into their period, but Abreu’s circumstance is a minor a lot less rosy.
The 38-calendar year-previous outfielder/DH was hitting just .208/.259/.333 in 27 plate appearances ahead of getting minimize loose. Even though his energy output has steadily declined with age, Abreu even now gives a single of the game’s greatest batting eyes and has stolen at minimum twenty bases each calendar year given that 1998. Abreu also has a observe record of sturdiness, getting played in no fewer than one hundred forty games each and every season because breaking into the league full-time. His capability to strike still left-handed pitching has disappeared later on in his occupation, and protection was never ever his powerful suit.
The Halos are on the hook for Abreu’s $ 9MM salary, a lot less the pro-rated portion of the league bare minimum if an additional group signs him to a Significant League contract. He was vocal about his dislike for his reduced function, and the Angels were “trying feverishly” to trade him at the outset of the season. They appeared to have a taker in the Indians prior to the deal fell apart. Now that he’s accessible on the open industry for the most nominal of charges, what does the potential maintain for Abreu?