Abreu Off The Market
According to various reports, the Angels are fairly close to signing Bobby Abreu to a one year deal for something like $5 or $6 million. We have to assume that Abreu would have chosen the Angels over the M’s given equal offers (assuming he thinks the Angels are a much better bet to win in ’09), so you’d think that the M’s would have had to go to somewhere between $8 and $9 million to sign him. By all accounts, they just don’t have that kind of room in the budget.
It will be interesting to see how the Angels handle their roster, assuming this news is true. They now have Vlad, Abreu, Rivera, and Matthews to rotate between the RF/LF/DH spots. They’d been talking about giving Brandon Wood real playing time, too, but with Figgins locked in at third base now, that probably goes out the window. So if we assume that Vlad plays RF most of the time, and Abreu/Rivera split the LF/DH duties, then the Angels made a pretty nice move to upgrade their offense, but their outfield defense is going to be cover-your-eyes-awful.
At the price, it’s still a good move for them, and this probably adds the extra win or two that they needed to actually be favorites in what still looks like a bad AL West division, but it creates a lot of question marks as well.
For the M’s, this leaves them looking at the second tier LH bats. At this point, they might as well just sign Junior for $1 million and get it over with. He won’t make the team better, but at least it gets the whole story out of the way and everyone can just move on with their lives.