Bill Shaikin of the LA Times is reporting that the Angels have released DH Bobby Abreu.
#Angels release Bobby Abreu.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) April 28, 2012
Abreu’s first two seasons in Los Angeles were pretty successful. He had an .825 OPS, 15 homers, and 30 steals in 2009. In 2010, his OPS dropped to .787, but he hit 20 homers and stole 24 bases. Last year, the wheels came off and Abreu OPSed just .718 with only eight homers and 21 steals. The Angels were stuck with him this season due to a $9 million option that vested last July. This season, he looked absolutely washed up, and had just a .592 OPS in eight games without a homer or a steal. With the return of Kendrys Morales to the DH role for the Angels, he was left without a position, and had to struggle for playing time.
But I’m not done yet, Angels fans. Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times just tweeted that Abreu will be replaced on the Angels roster…by top prospect Mike Trout.
#Angels call up Mike Trout from triple-A.
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) April 28, 2012
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that Trout will play, so you have to imagine that Peter Bourjos or Vernon Wells is going to lose a chunk of playing time. Neither guy can walk, but Wells is providing good power for the Angels this year, and Bourjos is providing some fantastic defense.
Who would have imagined that on the same day that the Nationals would announce they were calling up Bryce Harper, the Angels would announce that they were going to promote Mike Trout? Yesterday, I mentioned that Trout not being in the majors was a huge problem for the Angels….and here we are.
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