AL West Notes: Abreu, Uehara, Manny

The AL West saw no shortage of action this offseason, with notables Albert Pujols, Yu Darvish and Yoenis Cespedes joining the ranks, but the division may yet make a few more transactions headlines before Opening Day. Here's the latest …

  • Angels outfielder/DH Bobby Abreu told Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com that he'd like to be traded if he's not assured of an everyday role this season — this after Halos skipper Mike Scioscia said Sunday that Abreu will split time at DH with Mark Trumbo and/or Kendrys Morales. GM Jerry Dipoto responded by saying Abreu has "no right" to issue an ultimatum, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.
  • Rangers GM Jon Daniels said Texas has no trades in the works right now, including any involving releiver Koji Uehara, and still has no plans to sign right-hander Roy Oswalt, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Uehara has long been rumored to be on the trade block.
  • Athletics GM Billy Beane said there are no guarantees for DH Manny Ramirez, recently signed to a minor league contract, beyond Day 1, tweets Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Beane also told reporters, including Jane Lee of MLB.com, that signing Manny was strictly a baseball decision — not for PR — and that "we couldn't come up with a reason not to sign him" (Twitter links).


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59 Comments on "AL West Notes: Abreu, Uehara, Manny"


Guest
3 years 4 months ago

I coulda sworn that C.J. Wilson was already in the AL West…

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Jose Herrera
3 years 4 months ago

 Dude he was, he ditched us (rangers) because he knew he had sucked recently in playoff play and he knew we were interested in Yu Darvish.

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3 years 4 months ago

I’m sorry .. didn’t your whole team suck recently in playoff play? .. 1 strike X 2 opportunities = Rangers are the Buffalo Bills of baseball ..

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Josh_21
3 years 4 months ago

Where were the angels in 2010 and 2011? Oh… That’s right.. At home playing as the rangers in MLB 2k11 and crying to themselves while eating Bon Bons lol and just so you know ANGELS=SAN ANTONIO SPURS OF BASEBALL and will probably suffer the same fate. Good regular season and blowup in the playoffs and get beat by either the Detroit Tigers and or the Tampa Bay Rays

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YanksFanSince78
3 years 4 months ago

1 ws vs 0. scoreboard.

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Devon Henry
3 years 4 months ago

You represent Ranger fans so well.

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Nick Sossamon
3 years 4 months ago

Pulling out the bon bons reference from about fifteen years ago, nice.  And you basically described the Rangers with your Angels description, since you still haven’t done anything in the playoffs to result in a World Series title (which the Angels actually have one of). 

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3 years 4 months ago

Sarcasm is a delicate art, Jose.

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Phillies_Aces35
3 years 4 months ago

 He didn’t “ditch” you the Front Office didn’t want to bring him back at market rate. (understandably so).

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

Good for Bobby, he still has something left to offer to a team (OBP) and the Angels just don’t have a spot for him. This needs to happen, that would free up the 5th outfield spot for a Jeremy Moore.

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johnsilver
3 years 4 months ago

No offense.. But he offers pretty much the same as Damon does at this point of his career and we don’t see teams clamoring to give him even a couple of million.

Abreu has had a good career, but it will be rough moving his contract.

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bjsguess
3 years 4 months ago

Rough = impossible.

Unless the Angels kick in $4m or take on a bad deal Abreu isn’t going anywhere.

If he really wants to be moved then he should give back $4m. Otherwise Bobby isn’t guaranteed to get a single AB. If there are better players on the roster (which there are) Bobby should be sitting on the bench.

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rizdak
3 years 4 months ago

Granted, Halos may have to kick in $$ but nothing’s impossible. Just ask Abreu’s BP buddy Vernon Wells.

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seanb1223
3 years 4 months ago

Yeah, but the Angels can’t trade him to the Angels, so he ain’t goin anywhere without abundant salary relief.

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bjsguess
3 years 4 months ago

I took “moving his contract” to mean that a team would absorb all of his contract. Goes without saying that if the Angels picked up the entire tab or even most of the tab that teams would be interested in him.

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YanksFanSince78
3 years 4 months ago

Abreu is obviously on his last leg and Pujols obviously makes the lineup better but when you look at Abreu’s 2011 it’s hard to say he DOESN’T belong in the lineup.

Among players w/ at least 100 AB:

2nd in OBP at .353
1st in BB% at 13%
3rd in SB with 21

It’s better to say that it’s more difficult to move Wells and his hellish contract than it is to move Abreu so Abreu is the more expendable of the two. The BEST LA lineup should be…

PB, Hunter and Trout w/ Morales (if healthy) @ DH or replaced by Abreu if he starts the year on the DL.

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Nick Sossamon
3 years 4 months ago

Yeah, those stats might be good for someone that can actually field a position.  Or for someone that can actually hit LHP (.319 OBP and .270 SLG vs. LHP)  For a DH he is wasting at bats considering the plethora of other options (Morales, Trumbo, Hunter and Wells on off days, etc.).

He is valuable as a reserve or as a pinch hitter or runner off the bench, but that’s about it at this point.  The guy can’t field for beans, and there’s tons of DH options out there nowadays on the open market.  For him to be complaining about a bench role while making $9MM is fairly ludicrous at this point in his career. 

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seanb1223
3 years 4 months ago

Thank you. One of the best comments I’ve ever read on this site.

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YanksFanSince78
3 years 4 months ago

My guess is, the money matters to fans, and to potential teams he might be traded to. I’m 99% sure that Abreu probably just wants to play everyday seeing as how he obviously knows he’s at the end of his career. If he were a free agent and team “A” said I can offer you $5 mil but can’t guarantee you will play 100 games and team “B” said I can give you $1 mil guaranteed plus incentives but you will be my everyday DH and see some time in the field I’m 99% sure Abreu would take the $1 mil and playing time. 

It’s easy to say he should just shut up and sit on the bench but if anything, I admire the fact that he wants to earn his pay on the field playing in as many games as possible. I worry more about the guy w/o the fire in his belly.

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bjsguess
3 years 4 months ago

You left out SLG, OPS, UZR, etc. 

Bobby still does a good job of drawing a walk and catching pitchers snoozing when he’s on first. There is value there it’s just not great value. Trumbo, Morales (if healthy) and even Wells offer better options at this stage than Abreu.

That said, if the team is only going to get $2-4m in salary relief I would probably just keep him. 

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brian310
3 years 4 months ago

It would be surprising knowing that the Yanks already dealt Burnett to the Pirates….

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EightMileCats
3 years 4 months ago

How long does Abreu have left on his deal? If its only 1 year I wouldn’t mind the Tigers swinging something. We could use a DH for the year while Vmart mends

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inleylandwetrust
3 years 4 months ago

Filling the DH spot (especially with a guy like Abreu who is pretty much strictly a DH at this point) would be a huge mistake. That spot needs to be left open in case Cabrera is not able to play a passable 3B. 

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EightMileCats
3 years 4 months ago

Fair enough. I just don’t want to see Kelly DHing

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EightMileCats
3 years 4 months ago

Fair enough. I just don’t want to see Kelly DHing

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OrangeCards
3 years 4 months ago

 You’ve already got a DH. He’s just playing third base.

– Mark Reynolds

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East Coast Bias
3 years 4 months ago

I can’t believe Roy Oswalt still has not signed. It’s almost March!