Various Major League sources reported that the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were on the verge of sending outfielder/displaced designated hitter Bobby Abreu to the Cleveland Indians.
Abreu who was the Angels primary designated hitter in 2011has been displaced from his starting role with the club due the return of Kendrys Morales. Abreu played a huge part in the Angels 2009 ALCS run with a slash line of .293/.390/.435 with 15 homers and 103 RBI.
His most memorable moment came when with two outs, Abreu doubled home a run off Boston Red Sox closer Jonathon Papelbon. Setting up Vladimir Guerrero's dagger to the heart of Beantown as the Halos stunned Boston 7-6 to sweep them out of the 2009 ALDS.
Abreu's skills declined over the 2010 and 2011 seasons, a career .293 hitter Abreu batted just over .250 the last two season. His power significantly diminished.
With the return of Kendrys Morales on track for Opening Day, Abreu spoke to the press about not being able to trust that Manager Mike Scioscia would be able to find him 400 plate appearances. Abreu requested that if he was not a starting player that the Angels try to trade him.
The deal apparently fell through when the Angels and Indians could not agree on how much money the Angels would pick up of Abreu's $9mm salary for 2012.
This was the third of three bad contracts handed out or acquired by former general manager Tony Reagins that the Angels will have to pay to go away. Having two trades for Abreu fall through, the Angels should just do themselves and Abreu a favor by releasing the veteran.