Late last night several reports had Los Angeles Angels LF Bobby Abreu all but traded to the Indians, but this morning the deal has fallen apart, reports CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman.
According to CBS, the Abreu trade, which also would have sent Trevor Crowe, 28, to the Angels, apparently hit a snag in the pipeline — specifically the part of the deal involving Crowe — and has been called off.
Cleveland officials would neither confirm nor deny the swirling reports and the discussions appeared to have broken off by Friday morning.
“We do not comment on rumors/reports of potential acquisitions,” Indians general manager Chris Antonetti wrote in an e-mail on Thursday night.
SB Nation’s Chris Write points out that:
An Abreu trade being called off leaves the Indians open and still looking for another hitter, of the outfield variety or another sort, on the trading market before spring training ends with the regular season just around the corner.
Abreu, 38, spent the majority of last season as a DH for the Angels, but he did play defense in 28 games, including 18 in left field.
Once an annual threat to top 20 home runs and 100 RBIs, Bobby Abreu has not collected 100 RBIs since 2009 and he has not topped 20 homers since 2005.
The 16 season MLB vet posted a .253 average with eight home runs, 30 doubles, 60 RBIs and a .353 on-base percentage in 142 games during 2011. In the process, he hit .259 against right-handed pitchers and .238 against lefties.
Bobby Abreu is hitting .087 (4-for-46) with one RBI in 16 Cactus League games this year.