Angels dismiss talk of Abreu trade

Updated: March 30, 2012, 5:19 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

The Los Angeles Angels say that a trade involving Bobby Abreu is not imminent, and sources said that a proposed deal with the Cleveland Indians may have fallen apart over how much of Abreu's $9 million salary the Angels would pay.

"Bobby's on our club," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "That's been fairly consistently stated from the start. We talk to other teams every day and we'll continue to."

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Abreu, who was in Friday's Cactus League lineup batting sixth and playing left field, has grumbled publicly about his diminished role with the team even before spring training. When he reported to camp, the Angels told him he could expect to get about 400 at-bats this season, but the rapid improvement of slugger Kendrys Morales quickly made that a hollow promise.

"I don't know what's going on," said Abreu, according to the Los Angeles Times. "I don't think too much (of the trade rumors). I don't really look at what's going to happen. I'm here. I'm happy. I don't control what's going to happen."

Morales, who hasn't played a regular-season game since fracturing his left ankle in May 2010, is 10 for 16 with two home runs this spring, while Abreu, 38, is hitting .087 in 46 at-bats. The Angels also need to find designated hitter at-bats for Rookie of the Year runner-up Mark Trumbo, who -- along with Morales -- was displaced from first base by the acquisition of superstar Albert Pujols.

Abreu, 38, is a .293 lifetime hitter with an elite .397 career on-base percentage and is in the top 25 on the all-time doubles list. But he is coming off the worst season of his career and has seen his outfield skills decline rapidly in recent years. He played just 28 games in the field in 2011.

"One of the things I'm doing now that's more important is getting myself ready for the season so that when I do get opportunities to play I can do my best," Abreu told the Times. "Honestly, I just want to get ready for the season."

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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