Indians, Angels Discussing Bobby Abreu Trade

10:32pm: The trade has a "50-50" chance of happening, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  A source says the two teams are negotiating how much of Abreu's salary will be covered by the Angels.

9:43pm: Peter Greenberg, Abreu's agent, hasn't gotten confirmation that his client has been dealt, tweets Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times.  Jon Heyman notes that the trade would require permission from the Commissioner's Office, given the large amount of salary the Angels are very likely covering to make the deal happen.

8:34pm: The Indians and Angels are "on [the] verge" of a trade that would send Bobby Abreu to Cleveland, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (via Twitter).

With Vernon Wells and Torii Hunter filling the corner outfield spots, and Mark Trumbo and a seemingly healthy Kendrys Morales slated to play DH, Abreu was the odd man out in Los Angeles.  Abreu was becoming increasingly vocal about his likely lack of playing time which could well have sealed his fate as an Angel.  The 38-year-old is coming off his worst full season in the majors (a .253/.353/.365 line in 585 plate appearances) and will earn $9MM in 2012 after reaching enough plate appearances for a contract option to vest.

While the Indians were known to be looking for help in left or center field, Abreu is a bit of an odd fit.  It seems Abreu will platoon with Shelley Duncan in left, but Abreu played just 28 games in the field last season and has been a below-average defender for years — he has a -8.3 lifetime UZR/150 rating.  Abreu also adds yet another left-handed bat to the lefty-heavy Cleveland roster and he won't get much opportunity to play DH given Travis Hafner's presence.  Still, since the Angels are undoubtedly paying most of Abreu's salary, the price is right for the Indians if Abreu is able to recapture some of his old form.


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79 Comments on "Indians, Angels Discussing Bobby Abreu Trade"


j6takish
3 years 4 months ago

Why?

cubs223425
3 years 4 months ago

It is rather weird that the Indians would want him, but good for Abreu and the Angels.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 4 months ago

good for abreu because he found someone that will tolerate him and good for the Angels to be rid of him lol

Xyz275
3 years 4 months ago

Needless to say the Indians will be picking up almost 0% of this deal and Anaheim will get nothing in return.  It’s only slightly better than cutting him

3 years 4 months ago

it is better than cutting him because the angels get something in return (ptbnl) and the indians will at least have to pay the minimum salary, so that will save money, i hope the angels get a starting pitcher in return , (kevin slowey or fausto carmona/roberto hernandez

redsx968
3 years 4 months ago

Who is Fausto Carmona?

gmenfan
3 years 4 months ago

The Angels will probably end up with a bag of chips to be named later out of this deal and be happy that they managed that.

sallen22
3 years 4 months ago

Look for the Angels to eat all 9 million on this deal. 

EdinsonPickle
3 years 4 months ago

Shocking!

3 years 4 months ago

Good move for the Indians as long as they aren’t giving up much. 

Lastings
3 years 4 months ago

They are giving up their sanity (whatever you want to value that at)…

dpm21
3 years 4 months ago

what is going on, how is this a good idea?

darin clouse
3 years 4 months ago

Angels are asking for 2 dozens baseballs in return. Plus they are paying over half the remaining salary.

3 years 4 months ago

That’s an overpay.

Steven D
3 years 4 months ago

Plus a shrink to fix his fear of “The Wall” 

diesel2410
3 years 4 months ago

Why would you trade for someone who’s pretty much 40?

wadebets
3 years 4 months ago

This is the same guy who traded 4 prospects for Ubaldo ya? I don’t think there is an answer to your question.

Hermie13
3 years 4 months ago

Matt McBride was not a prospect

sportsnut969
3 years 4 months ago

Hermie I normally agree with your posts but you are wrong here McBride was one of the Cleveland Indians top 20 prospects at the time of this deal.

We had a very weak prospect list outside of Pomeranz / White / Wolters / Washington & Barnes but Gardner was even listed in the top 20 and McBride in the top 20 within the organization.

I think Wade did not mean Major League top 100 prospect list but the Organizational top 20 with is listed within the Indians official site.

coreybishop
3 years 4 months ago

Indians are grabbing all the washed up, over paid players. First Derek Lowe, now Bobby Abreu. Surprised they didn’t jump after AJ Burnett.

sportsnut969
3 years 4 months ago

They tried to do a Hafner for AJ trade but they could not get together with the Yankees on the money end then they tried to expand the deal to include Swisher which would have gave then their LF this year and the whole thing just feel apart.

Rusty_Arcadia
3 years 4 months ago

Either way, it looks like the Angels were prepared to eat all of the 9M to get him off of the team. They would have taken some pine tar and a bag of practice balls. If they get a live body that’s a substantial +!

ARod's Ring
3 years 4 months ago

Bobby Abreu for a ‘Player to be named later’….Fausto Carmona!

Batman473
3 years 4 months ago

*Roberto Hernandez

crashcameron
3 years 4 months ago

that’s a player to be re-named later

Harthan
3 years 4 months ago

Uh.  Well.  They better not give up anything substantial to get him.  Sure, if he can resemble himself from 2010 and before, I’ll take it, but 2011’s Abreu, I’m not excited about.  Maybe if he was a righty I could get behind it.  But, uh, he’s not.  If he doesn’t cost much whatever,  I don’t see him being phenomenally better than say, Shelley Duncan.

sportsnut969
3 years 4 months ago

They will give something of value up if the Angels end up picking up 9 mil, they will have to give up something pretty good or the league offices will never approve the trade due to the reported 9 mil pick up of Abreu being part of the deal.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 4 months ago

Why are the Indians trading for everyone’s grizzled old past-their-prime players? First Lowe and now this guy?

3 years 4 months ago

1st of all because…

2nd Bobby Abreu =’s  “Ke-mo sah-bee.” for the Indians.

3 years 4 months ago

Huh?

3 years 4 months ago

Abreu is the  lone ranger? He is not even a llanero( venezuelan cowboy)

sportsnut969
3 years 4 months ago

They want to keep Shelly Duncan on the Bench so he can platoon with Hafner from the right side this year. Duncan most likely will take over at DH after this year.

They should just give the LF job to Canzler or Beau Mills but thye believe Canzlers true position is 1st base and they are still Holding the Bar fight that Mills was involved in a couple of years ago against him so he is not even getting a look after hitting 30 homers and hitting close to 300 at AAA last year.

Yesterday the Indians were 3 hit in a Split game Mills had 2 of the hits going 2 for 3. This was one of his rare appearances this Spring he was not even invited to big league camp.

Harthan
3 years 4 months ago

They tried.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 4 months ago

He’s going to be flopping around in the outfield on a semi regular basis…? Yuck

Orlandojjk
3 years 4 months ago

I love Bobby but I’d rather see him get playing time on another team than ride the bench in Anaheim. I wish him the best.

bigpat
3 years 4 months ago

Abreu is old and slow, but what can he do? “Get on base”. -Billy Beane. 

Hermie13
3 years 4 months ago

+1

.350 OBP even last year

inleylandwetrust
3 years 4 months ago

It would make more sense if he was going to DH, but having him plod around in the outfield takes away any value you are getting from the only skill Abreu still possesses, which is getting on base.

Hermie13
3 years 4 months ago

Hafner can’t play more than 90 games though….so Abreu will get a lot of time at DH, or at least should.

Will depend on the money the Indians have to pay but could still work out. Consider the Tribe was looking at Spillbourghs, Cunningham or Pie as their LF option with Duncan and Abreu actually doesn’t seem that bad.

sportsnut969
3 years 4 months ago

Not likely since he is also a left handed bat. Duncan or Santana will get all the AB’s that Hafner does not.

hossmandu
3 years 4 months ago

worst regular outfielder in baseball last five years.  have fun tribe watching balls drop in front, in back, to the left, to the right!

Hermie13
3 years 4 months ago

Wasn’t a regular OFer the last 2 years so not sure how he was the worst “regular” outfielder in baseball the lats five years….hmm…

hossmandu
3 years 4 months ago

last five years he’s -54 runs vs average in RF, and I watched much of it with my own eyes, the guy is now a terrible fielder

Hermie13
3 years 4 months ago

Good thing then he won’t be playing any RF in Cleveland 😉

hossmandu
3 years 4 months ago

and last year was the first year he did not play over 100 games in the OF, because he was so bad

sportsnut969
3 years 4 months ago

You must not have seen Duncan out there over the course of the last 3 years on and off this is why they are looking.

I myself would be very happy to watch a Lf that has power and hits Rhed make 10 errors in the field as long as he can hit 25 homers and knock in 85 and hit around 255.

Hermie13
3 years 4 months ago

Also, he may be slower but the guy did steal 21 bases last year. Was caught 5 times but still a decent baserunner.  Cleveland also doesn’t have a big LF compared to many parks.  Throw in the groundball staff of Lowe, Masterson, possibly Gomez and even Ubaldo (has been over 50% before) and having a poor LFer really isnt that big an issue.

Let’s not overlook that Shelley Duncan was slated to be the regular LFer as things stand….not exactly a swift footed, defensive wiz himself.

Running Scared
3 years 4 months ago

Man!!! I remember eleven years ago when I hoped my team would trade for Abreu….or is it 2001? nope just the Tribe…… 

Jeff Westcott
3 years 4 months ago

Which Tigers fan has two thumbs and loves the idea of Delmon Young no longer being the worst defensive left fielder in the division? This guy!

inleylandwetrust
3 years 4 months ago

Still angers me that Delmon won’t be the everyday DH. The world would be a much better place with Santiago at 2nd, Raburn in left, and Delmon not allowed to step in the outfield. Sigh…

Hermie13
3 years 4 months ago

Abreu is bad…but not sure even he is as bad as Young. At least Abreu has some speed.