Tempe, Ariz. — If Bobby Abreu was “on the verge” of being traded to the Cleveland Indians Thursday night, as was reported by CBSSports.com, it was news to the Angels outfielder, who was in camp Friday morning and is in the lineup for Friday's exhibition game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Tempe Diablo Stadium.
“I don’t know what’s going on,” said Abreu, who was also reportedly close to being traded to the New York Yankees in January. “I don’t think too much [of the trade rumors]. I don’t really look at what’s going to happen. I’m here. I’m happy. I don’t control what’s going to happen.”
Abreu hadn’t spoken to General Manager Jerry Dipoto as of Friday morning. According to one source familiar with talks but not allowed to speak publicly about them, talks between the Angels and Indians “fell apart,” probably over how much of Abreu’s $9-million contract the Angels would assume.
Abreu’s potential role with the Angels seems to shrink with every weak at-bat—he’s hitting .087 (4 for 46) this spring—and every hit by Kendrys Morales, who is 10 for 16 with two homers and is poised to take over the Angels’ designated hitter role after missing 1 1/2 seasons because of a broken left ankle.