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.