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Angels release Bobby Abreu. Does that do anything for you?
Posted 28 April 2012 - 02:08 PM
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?
Posted 28 April 2012 - 02:19 PM
Blogging Twins since 2007 at The Tenth Inning Stretch
Posted 28 April 2012 - 07:56 PM
Terry Ryan: "This is Terry Ryan from the Minnesota Twins, would you be inter"
Lol! Sad but true.
But strategery, people! This squad is going nowhere. Abreu is essentially free. Grab Abreu and any/every other cheap alternative we can lay hands on IF we can trade their equivalent for solid prospect. Time to stop pretending we don't need to rebuild, no?
So, grab Abreu, et al. Trade Willingham, Span, Morneau, Mauer (though I don't think anyone will touch him unless we eat 1/3 - 1/2 of his salary, frankly), Valencia, Doumit, Plouffe, maybe even Parmalee. Basically trade anyone for whom we can garner in return mid-solid pitching prospects or position players. Bring up all the rest from the farm who we think, in 2-4 years, will be gamers. Get rid of the entire coaching staff at MLB level, and many of the minor league guys who have been in the system for the last decade or longer. Time for a complete overhaul, and if we can save money now to invest in development of prospects, we should do it. We're already in danger of losing 100 games this year. What's the point of trying to work with what we've got? Insanity is trying the same failed solution time and again. Let's get it over with...