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Indians close to deal for Bobby Abreu

Indians close to deal for Bobby Abreu
March 29, 2012
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According to CBS Writer Jon Heyman, the Indians are close to a deal with the Angels for OF Bobby Abreu. A possible player the Angels will receive in return could be Trevor Crowe, who was pulled from a minor league game earlier today. More on this as details come in.

Source: Jon Heyman

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March 30, 2012 - 3:17 PM EDT
Seth, I believe Crowe would have gotten a longer leash and been a legit option this year had he not gotten hurt last year. Coming off of surgery to both shoulders, there is a belief he will no longer be the kind of player he once was. He's viewed more as Triple-A depth now because of his questionable health going forward and the unknown with how his swing is affected (and if some of his aggression on defense goes away in fear of re-injury).
March 30, 2012 - 2:55 PM EDT
I'm not a huge fan of Crowe, though it was always amusing to watch him play outfield, but, why wasn't he given more of a look? At least he provides some speed off the bench, and it's not like he's likely to do worse than Cunningham/Spilborghs with the bat. They're all pretty much replacement-level players, but I'd actually think Crowe has the most upside of the 3.

Abreu makes no sense for them. If they want a platoon, it at least needs to be an average defender, not a guy on his last legs.
March 30, 2012 - 9:16 AM EDT
Important thing to note on Abreu is while he is a shell of the player he once was and the power/productivity/speed is no longer there, he still puts up good at bats and gets on base. His on-base% was better than anyone in the Indians lineup last season except for Hafner (by one point).
March 30, 2012 - 9:13 AM EDT
Last year Abreu hit .259/.366/.400/.766 against right-handed pitching. Not great, but OK I guess. I suppose they could platoon him with Duncan in left. Now there's a Gold Glove tandem.
March 30, 2012 - 9:11 AM EDT
Not sure it is about being down on Duncan than it is more about not liking their other LF options. Duncan can't be an every day guy, so this may be a platoon situation indeed. It would help put Duncan into a role he is better suited, which is a RH bat off the bench that plays 1B/LF/DH. Even with Abreu though, the Indians would still need a 4th OF on the team that can play all 3 positions.
March 30, 2012 - 9:08 AM EDT
They must be really down on Duncan. Abreu is 38, bats left-handed, and can't hit anymore. I guess they could platoon him with Duncan in left. The Angels are going to eat his salary and if all we're giving up is Crowe than we're basically getting him for nothing.
matt underwood
March 30, 2012 - 12:47 AM EDT
guess we couldn't get David Dellucci?
March 29, 2012 - 11:15 PM EDT
That's a great move!... 5 Years ago. 4-46 this spring and only 38 games in the outfield last year.

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