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Angels gain patience with Abreu

Updated: February 12, 2009, 5:14 PM ET
By Keith Law

The Los Angeles Angels typically prefer players who provide more speed and defense than Bobby Abreu does at this point in his career, but he brings them a skill they have sorely lacked the past few years: patience.

Abreu runs deep counts and sees a ton of pitches (ranking fourth in the majors in pitches seen per PA in 2008), which translates into high on-base percentages and high pitch counts for opposing pitchers.

By contrast, the Angels had only one qualifying hitter, Chone Figgins, ...

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