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06:56 AM ET 03.23 | Angels veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, a 38-year-old entering his 16th big-league season, is not concerned about the .115 average (three for 26) he took into Thursday's exhibition game against the Kansas City Royals. Considering his circumstances, Abreu should be a lot more concerned with his performance. He came to camp dissatisfied with a role reduction, saying he preferred to be traded if he wasn't going to get regular playing time, and he has since done nothing to warrant starting ahead of players such as Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo at designated hitter and Vernon Wells and Torii Hunter in the outfield. And with Abreu's $9-million salary and declining defensive skills, it will be virtually impossible for the Angels to trade him without swallowing most, if not all, of his contract.

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March 23, 2012  09:57 AM ET

Maybe he is working on getting out of town.

March 23, 2012  10:11 AM ET

That Arte Moreno sure is generous with player salaries and contracts.

March 23, 2012  10:20 AM ET

Wonder if anybody considers the sinking value of the Los Angeles Times?

March 23, 2012  10:27 AM ET

Sad to see some of these players forcing the issue long after they've lost it.

March 23, 2012  10:55 AM ET

$9M is good retirement money Bobby.

March 23, 2012  11:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

That Arte Moreno sure is generous with player salaries and contracts.

could it be, that the angels are generous or perhaps unlucky to say the least, it seems as things like that usually happens to the halos, just remember jim abbot deal for 20 millions and this pitcher got lost in the strikezone and could never pitch any more,, who lose in this deal?? the angels!!!

March 23, 2012  11:22 AM ET

abreu should focus, in the hitting thing, can't waste any time in trying to mix emotions in how he can pl;ay? there its alot of baseball ahead of abreu, all what he has to do its prepare and be ready whenever the angels insert him in the lineup!!!

March 23, 2012  11:26 AM ET

sometimes the players speak too soon, the player its getting paid, itsn't like he itsn't getting paid, if the angels don't play him, then itsn't abreu's fault, but if the angels would need him then get in the concentration, on a good hitting streak, trainning as much as you can, it shouldn't hurt abreu one bit!!

March 23, 2012  11:28 AM ET

morales its getting in the hitting role, just played his first game, it took him 2 years to overcome injuries and disappointment, sometimes you just can't avoid being in that type of a spot, thanks god morales its healthy, the hitting would be coming back slowly!!!!

March 23, 2012  11:31 AM ET

now if morales can prove himself, that he its able to regain the form in the way he use to play back in 2010? then he may be a good problem for the halos, why?? because he could be a good protection for pujols and he will be a free agent by the end of the season!!

March 23, 2012  11:35 AM ET

would be very nice and good for the halos, if, only if, the players as pujols, hunter, trumbo, morales, wells, be able to hit 25 homeruns in this season, i think the last time that the angels had a 4 25 homerun players, was back in the 1995 season, chilli davis, jim edmonds, tim salmon, and JT snow,

March 23, 2012  11:36 AM ET

When they got AP, Abreu should have seen he was gonna be the odd man out.

March 23, 2012  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Sad to see some of these players forcing the issue long after they've lost it.

abreu still could have a good oportunity, in playing time, all what he has to do its, be ready there its nothing else that the player can do, as a professional you always have to be ready, less talk more action!!!

March 23, 2012  11:56 AM ET
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but if you ask him he is still an outfielder who deserves to start....come on bobby, you ain't got it anymore

abreu can still do what he its best in doing, as get on base, in fact he did better job than wells or hunter in getting base, how? by being patient at the plate, he draw more walks than any other player, trumbo got the worse in the walks issue, this trumbo has to be more patient at the plate, has to work in being more disciplined at the plate and on his at bats, perhaps he lacks in the free pass base due to his inwxperience, but wells?? how can he lack in free base walk? i mean there has to be more than a strikeout, discipline, patient, and good eye-hand cordination should be a top priority for every single player!!

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March 23, 2012  01:22 PM ET

It's fun rooting for a team this deep in talent. It doesn't matter whether Abreu plays or not.

It's like being a Yankees fan (only less obnoxious.)

 
March 23, 2012  02:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

It's fun rooting for a team this deep in talent. It doesn't matter whether Abreu plays or not.It's like being a Yankees fan (only less obnoxious.)

....welcome to ranger bandwagon....lets hope the **** angels trade this guy to jays....he may look good in arlington as 4th of, and go on to become mvp of first world serious trophy in texas....

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