Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. — Bobby Abreu hasn't arrived at Angels camp, but the veteran outfielder already has caused a stir, telling a reporter from ESPNdeportes.com Tuesday that he would prefer to be traded if he isn't playing every day.
"I'm an everyday player; I can still be in the lineup for a major league team," Abreu said by phone from Venezuela. "I will not be on the bench knowing that I can play. If the Angels don't have a position for me, then the best thing is to trade me."
The problem is that the Angels can't guarantee Abreu a starting job this early in camp, and they would prefer to keep him as insurance in case Kendrys Morales doesn't return from a broken left ankle and Mark Trumbo is slow to return from a stress fracture in his right foot.
Abreu will be 38 in March, and though he was among baseball's best all-around players for a decade, he hit .253 with eight home runs and 60 runs batted in last season. Those factors, plus his $9-million salary, would probably make him difficult to move in a trade.