ORLANDO -- Now that he doesn’t have a guaranteed spot in the Angels' every day lineup, Bobby Abreu plans to play in almost every game of his team’s Cactus League schedule, trying to show he still has something in his baseball tank.
Abreu, who reluctantly accepted a limited role with the Angels in 2012, said during a conference call to Latin American media that he is ready to do so and the team agrees with his intentions.
"Before I prepared not to play too much during (spring) training and now I’m getting ready to play six days a week," said Abreu. "It is my call, to play most of the exhibition games. It was my decision, I informed the team and they have no problem (with it)."
"I think I will play in at least 25 of the 30 preseason games. It's a way to get at-bats and show I still have it," said Abreu from Tempe, Ariz.
The Angels will play 34 games, including four split-squad games, starting March 5 against Oakland in Phoenix.
"I think I can still play and produce," said Abreu, 37. "We have to wait what happens during the rest of the season. Retirement hasn't crossed my mind."
Abreu told ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com two weeks ago that he would rather be traded than ride the bench, but after meeting with GM Jerry DiPoto and manager Mike Scioscia, he reluctantly accepted a lesser role. He said he is still uncomfortable with his new role but will try to show that of what he’s capable of during the Cactus League exhibition games.
"It is not easy to get to spring training and not know what will happen. I'm going to play in these games, show what I have, and I know what I must do. Let them know there’s still material," Abreu said. "It is not easy to come in and know that I will not be playing every day."