It was believed yesterday, that a trade between the Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Angels had been reached, potentially sending OF Bobby Abreu to the Indians. Late in the afternoon, the deal fell apart with the amount of money the Indians would absorb this season reportedly being the sticking point.
Abreu, 38, is coming off the worst season of his career and has become disgruntled over the lack of playing time. Abreu is being pushed for playing time with the rapid ascent of Kendrys Morales. Morales has been red hot this spring, going 10-16 at the plate while Abreu is batting a paltry .087 after 46 at bats.
Given his declining fielding skills and a $9 million dollar salary in 2012, the Angels would understandably like to move the veteran.
With the amount of salary the Indians wants to take on from Abreu’s contract being the sticking point, Cleveland could now turn to free agent Johnny Damon according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Damon spent last season with the Tampa Bay Rays and was more productive than Abreu.
When asked about the potential trade rumors, Abreu shrugged them off to reporters. “I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t think too much (of the trade rumors). I don’t really look at what’s going to happen. I’m here. I’m happy. I don’t control what’s going to happen,” said Abreu.