It's official: Bobby Abreu, Angels reach a deal
As expected, the Angels announced this morning that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract, believed to be for about $5 million, with veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, who will join an outfield/designated hitter rotation that includes Vladimir Guerrero, Torii Hunter and Juan Rivera.
The left-handed hitting Abreu, who turns 35 on March 11, hit .296 with 20 home runs and 100 runs batted in for the New York Yankees in 2008. He joined Barry Bonds and Rickey Henderson as the only players to amass 200 homers and 300 stolen bases while maintaining a .400 on-base percentage.
He is also one of five players with 100 RBIs and 100 runs scored in each of the past two seasons. The others are Chase Utley, David Wright, Adrian Gonzalez and Alex Rodriguez.
“We are excited to add a player of this caliber to our organization,” General Manager Tony Reagins said in a statement. “His prior accomplishments speak for themselves. Bobby is a great fit for us with his athletic abilities. He can run the bases, produces runs and impacts our line-up in a significant way.”
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Abreu is a two-time All-Star (2004 and 2005) who has appeared in the majors with Houston, Philadelphia and the Yankees. In 1,799 career games, he owns an average of .300 with 1,174 runs scored, 454 doubles, 53 triples, 241 home runs and 1,084 RBIs.
There will me more details on the Abreu signing later today at latimes.com/sports.
-- Mike DiGiovanna
Photo: Now ex-Yankee Bobby Abreu. Credit: Jim Bryant / Associated Press