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Monday, April 2, 2012
The Bobby Abreu situation continues

By Mark Saxon

If you look at Mike Scioscia's track record, you'll notice that players who grumble about their roles don't stick around long.

The revolving door only goes one way in that regard.

And it makes you wonder how much longer this situation with Bobby Abreu can linger. Abreu has twice groused to Spanish-language reporters about a role that seems to be shrinking by the day. The Angels have twice come close to trading the 14-year veteran. Deals reportedly fell through with the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians.

With Opening Day just a few days away, the Angels might be discussing the possibility of simply releasing Abreu, 38, but that's an expensive proposition. He's earning $9 million guaranteed. Abreu batted .115 in 52 Cactus League at-bats and his roster spot might be better employed going to Jorge Cantu or Alexi Amarista.

Scioscia insisted Abreu's situation hasn't caused any negative energy in the Angels' clubhouse with excitement otherwise building for Friday night. The Angels promised Abreu 400 at-bats when he showed up in late February, but that was before the rapid improvement of injured slugger Kendrys Morales, who will be the Angels' primary designated hitter.

"He's going to get at-bats as we outlined before," Scioscia said Monday. "Obviously, after that it comes down to production. I think Bobby is very, very confident his game is in him and he can bring parts we need."