LAS VEGAS -- The Cubs, Rays, Dodgers and Angels are among teams that have expressed interest in star free-agent outfielder Bobby Abreu.
But the outfield market is generally slow, and a few big-market teams will first be waiting to see what happens with Manny Ramirez first. Since Ramirez is waiting on free-agent first baseman Mark Teixeira, it could be awhile before a few accomplished free-agent outfielders sign new contracts.
The reported signing Friday of Raul Ibanez by the Phillies for $30 million over three years may provide some encouragement for some of the productive outfielders remaining on the market, like Abreu, Adam Dunn and Milton Bradley. While Abreu's disinclination to run into walls is well-known, it's allowed him to remain healthy and productive his whole career. Some teams look at that as a positive.
Beyond being one of three players to drive home 100 runs each of the past six seasons (Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols are the others), Abreu, who hit .296 with exactly 100 RBIs and 100 runs last year, led the American League by hitting .382 with two outs and runners in scoring position.