The Los Angeles Angels have been open to trading disgruntled veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu for some time now and it appears they are nearing a deal with the Cleveland Indians. While nothing is official, multiple reports are indicating a deal is very close and the two sides are just hammering out a few final details, likely the amount of salary the Angels will absorb for the upcoming year.
#indians, #angels on verge of abreu trade— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) March 30, 2012
It is unclear if any other players will be included, although numerous names have been floating around recently.
The Indians have a need for an outfielder and the Angels are looking to rid themselves of one, so this does look like a legitimate rumor. It is very unlikely that Los Angeles receives anything more than a mediocre prospect or two in return for Abreu, and they are expected to pick up most of his $9 million dollar paycheck for 2012.
In 2011, the 38-year-old outfielder batted .253/.353/.365 with eight homers and 54 RBI. He was worth 0.4 WAR, which determines a player's true value by weighing a variety of stats, according to FanGraphs. His defense has been regarded as below-average for years now.
We will have more on the rumors as they continue rolling in, but as of right now it looks like Bobby Abreu will be heading to Cleveland in the very near future.
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