Angels release Bobby Abreu. Does that do anything for you?
According to MLBTradeRumors.com, the Angels have released veteran outfielder-DH Bobby Abreu.
The Angels have decided to surf the youth movement by recalling super prospect Mike Trout rather than continuing with the 38-year-old Abreu. Because of defensive limitations, the Angels used Abreu more as a role player than a starter, which supposedly frustrated the long-time starter and former All Star when his time was reduced.
Unable to provide much in the ways of defense, Abreu's offensive output has taken a downward as well. Prior to the 2010 season, Abreu reached base at a very impressive .404 clip. Since his age-35 season, however, he has managed to reach safely at a .353 rate. Likewise, his vaunted line drive rate, which averaged 25% prior to the 2010 season, has dipped to 15% the last three years helping explain why Abreu's on-base percentage has taken a hit.
On the flip side, he's still a professional hitter who grinds out at bats and wears pitchers down but making them throw 4.30 pitches per plate appearance.
If you were the general manager of the Twins, would you be interested in bring Bobby Abreu on-board at this point? Why or why not?