Angels, Bobby Abreu Reach Agreement

9:55pm: According to Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times, incentives could raise the value of the contract above $6MM.

3:42pm: Crasnick says the Angels and Abreu have reached a preliminary agreement.  It’ll be a done deal once he passes his physical and the Angels remove Nick Green from the 40-man to make room.  Also:

The Braves have also expressed serious interest in Abreu, but sources said Atlanta’s budget is so tight that general manager Frank Wren would have to stretch to give him a $5MM salary.

11:44am: ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick says the Angels and Abreu moved closer to a deal, but are still negotiating incentives that could be worth a million or two.

8:33am: According to’s Jon Heyman, the Angels and Bobby Abreu reached an agreement on a one-year deal worth a little more than $5MM plus incentives.

Abreu, 35 in March, hit .296/.371/.471 in 684 plate appearances for the Yankees last year while playing poor defense.  He earned $16MM in ’08.  Many questioned Brian Cashman’s decision not to offer arbitration to Abreu, a Type A free agent.  The decision was wise, as Abreu ended up taking a 69% pay cut in base salary.  At the beginning of the offseason, most people expected him to get multiple years and at least $10MM per.  Abreu’s agent Peter Greenberg remarked to Larry Stone on January 30th:

"He might take a one-year deal so that he can — in his words — win the MVP and go out on the market again.  He’s definitely motivated. Not that he’s not usually, but he has extra motivation."

In Abreu, the Angels add some much-needed OBP to a team that ranked 11th in the AL last year in the crucial stat.

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