It appears as though Bobby Abreu is going to be a Los Angeles Angel of Anaheim:
The Angels are nearing a one-year deal with free agent Bobby Abreu that will pay the former Yankees outfielder between $5 million and $7 million, according to a baseball source . . . He was believed to be seeking a three-year, $48 million deal when he filed for free agency in November. But he — and many of his peers — soon discovered a free-agent market unkind to the aging veteran.
This is a great deal for the Angels, and it shows that even the teams without a long track record of sabermetric thinking are getting smart about stuff like old and rapidly-slowing outfielders.
And it’s not like it’s the end of the world for Abreu too. If he produces this year, there could still be a contract for him next year. Reggie Sanders spent close to ten years as a corner outfield bat-for-hire and made a nice little living out of it. Folks kind of thought it odd at the time, but I’ve always thought that most corner guys should be journeyman like Sanders. There’s nothing to be ashamed at being competent, reasonably priced, and in demand each winter.