Former Angels outfielder Bobby Abreu could be wearing Dodger blue in the… (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles…)
Get your arms around this one: The Los Angeles team with the best record in its league is about to pick up a reject from the Los Angeles team in its division cellar.
That’s right, the Dodgers’ new owners are on the verge of acquiring their first player and it’s Bobby Abreu.
The team is closing in on a deal with the former Angels outfielder, according to multiple people who spoke on the condition of anonymity because an agreement hasn’t been finalized.
Abreu, who was released by the Angels on Friday, in theory would provide a left-handed bat off the bench and an occasional starter in left field, one source said. The 38-year-old could be in uniform as early as Friday for the start of the Dodgers’ series against the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field, another indicated.
Because Abreu was released, the Dodgers are only obligated to pay him a prorated share of the major league minimum salary, which is $480,000 annually. The remainder of his $9-million contract will have to be paid by the Angels. It's just like the old days.
The Dodgers could clear room on their roster by placing Juan Uribe on the disabled list. Uribe reinjured his troublesome left wrist Tuesday. Otherwise, they’re in a roster squeeze.
Abreu hit 20 home runs as recently as 2010, but otherwise has been in the kind of decline you would expect from someone who is 38. Abreu’s production slipped last season, when he hit .253 with eight home runs and 60 runs batted in for the Angels.
The Angels’ addition of Albert Pujols and return of Kendrys Morales relegated Abreu to a bit role this season, which left him disgruntled. He played in eight games before being released to clear room for top prospect Mike Trout.
Abreu has made two All-Star teams over his 17-year career, which included stints with the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees.
The Venezuela native is only one of four players in major league history with at least 500 doubles, 250 home runs and 350 stolen bases. The others: Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson and Craig Biggio.
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