The February 22nd, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Bobby Abreu wants a starting job or a trade, Kendrys Morales is unlikely to be ready for the spring opener, Chris Iannetta is not worried about leaving Coors Field and much more...
The Monkey Says: So much for Scioscia reaching out to him and Bobby agreeing to play the loyal soldier. Seeing your career come to an end is hard for anyone to handle, but he is horribly misguided here. He obviously isn't going to get an everyday job in Anaheim and would probably be lucky to make three starts per week. But since he can't handle the field on an everyday basis anymore, he is only going to find a full-time starting job in the AL. Alas, the only two teams that have anything resembling an opening at DH are the Orioles and maybe the Tigers. In both cases, the teams might find they are better off signing Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Derrek Lee or Vladimir Guerrero for a nominal amount rather than giving up a middling prospect in exchange for Abreu. The real problem though is that the Angels probably want to move him but can't just cast him aside until they know for sure that both Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo will be healthy enough to play. Expect a lot of rumors (mostly baseless ones) to follow Abreu throughout the spring.
The Monkey Says: The quotes about Morales continue to sound more and more optimistic. That they are even talking about him being ready to play in exhibition games is a major step forward compared to this time last year.
The Monkey Says: He actually sounds quite eager to prove that he can hit without having an assist from that altitude. More importantly, he is already readying himself for Scioscia by studying up on his impending defensive responsibilities.
The Monkey Says: Fewer hard hit balls and significantly more balls hit to the opposite field. It is almost as if he is getting older and losing his bat speed or something. Fancy that.
The Monkey Says: I think it is pretty safe to say that Hawk is going to be a pretty positive influence in the clubhouse.
The Monkey Says: I don't remember Cantu ever getting MVP votes (he finished 27th in voting in 2005), but that seems more like a local beat writer throwing him a loyalty vote. Jorge is a longshot to make the Angels big league roster this year.
The Monkey Says: If not adding a veteran fallback option at closer works to make Walden better at his job, then it was the right move. However, if Jordan struggles with consistency and conditioning again, then they are going to have to scramble at mid-season to bring someone in via trade.
The Monkey Says: You could just give up one (or seven) of your hobbies, C.J..
The Monkey Says: Talk about a small world. The two may have had a pleasant encounter off the field, but I suspect when they meet up on the field, Darvish won't come away feeling so friendly anymore.
The Monkey Says: So, he is going to lead by example like Vlad, but be much more vocal and also be a true hard-working grinder like Darin Erstad. With leadership credentials like that, he just needs a little bit more charisma and he might have a career in politics.
The Monkey Says: I've linked to so many of these lists in the last few weeks that they are all blending together, but BA is highly respected, so give it a gander.
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Glad to see that everything has worked itself out on this blog. Monkey With a Halo is definitely the best Angels blog I've been to!
If they could deal Abreu they could sign Guerrero to platoon; and as Guerrero is very god in the clubhouse and a 'good soldier', it opens up possibilities for lineups to match up well and get the hottest lineup each day. Guerrero can't play OF every day but he can still fill in now and again if needed, otherwise he'll hit and sit if that's what the team needs. I don't dislike Abreu but the team needs to let other guys play, not grumble and watch.
Yeah we get it you hate Bobby Abreu. Funny for a guy with nothing left he had the second highest OBP, the most walks, and was the most clutch hitter on the whole team last year, not to mention a ton of doubles and stolen bases. Hell he was on base all the time last year and there he stayed because no one else on the team could bring him in to home plate.
Not headlines but amusing notes within stories has that over/under poll from Tuesday on Albert hitting .310 with only 52% taking the over at this point. Man, I wish I could put a few bucks on that one.
Also, the mention that the Angels' longest positional All Star drought is at first base; Wally Joyner, 1986. I guess that one ends this season.
@kbrown2225 I have nothing against Bobby. His ability to get on base is a very marketable skill, it just happens to be his only marketable skill at the moment. I have long been in favor of him sticking around as depth on the bench, but that was when I thought he would do it without complaining. My only objection with him now is that he thinks he is better than he is and that any other team would readily give him a prominent role. But I understand, it isn't easy for once very good players to accept that they are in decline. You can't totally blame him for not wanting to spend the twilight of his career collecting splinters in his butt, but you can blame him for bitching about it to the press. Keep it in house. The Burnett deal that fell through shows that the Halos are trying to move him, but that will be harder now that he is officially "disgruntled."
@kbrown2225 I cordially invite you to read: The Story: A look at how Bobby Abreu's power has vanished - listed above. "8 doubles" harly equates to "a ton of doubles". I expect that Wells, PBJ, Hunter, even Trout & Trumbo will all be more productive than Bobby this year. Are you related to Mr. Abreu? Mancrush? Troll? seems all 6 of your comments have been Bobby related .
Sorry fellow MWAH regulars, but this kbrown reeks of troll and I had to say something.
@Rick K. As much as we'd like to see Albert as the AL All Star at 1B, there is obviously FIERCE competition as well. Prince, Tex & AGon for starter.
@monkeywithahalo I see your point, I just happen to believe that Bobby has a lot left to offer this team. I seem to be in the minority and maybe I will be proven wrong. Abreu is a highly skilled and proud player, but he is getting older. I am hoping he has a comeback year and can help the Angels win. Like I said I might be wrong but we shall see in the upcoming season.
@azhalofan Oh and you seem to be awfully quick with the nasty comments hiding behind your computer screen. We have a word for that it is called an "internet coward."
@azhalofan So I like Bobby Abreu and that makes me a "troll"? Eight doubles? Try 30 doubles. I have been following the Angels for years and happen to be a big Abreu fan so watch who you are calling "troll."
@azhalofan I only see real competition for the starting job from Gonzales. Tex has been in dramatic decline during what should have been his most productive years. We should be thanking all the baseball gods he didn't sign with us after '08. Who could have seen that coming? But it's true, he still has a chance because of the way Yankees fans can stuff the ballot box.
It appears most analysts expect a pretty severe drop off from Prince in his biggest area of strength, his power. The move to Comerica may well be the equivalent of cutting Samson's hair. If so, a guy with reduced power stats whose fielding is..."suspect"...is probably not a threat to Albert's spot on the one hundred eighty man roster. Something tells me Fielder won't get much help from the voting fans in Wisconsin, either.
That was the funny thing...I really ended up getting into it. I never realized curling was such a cool sport!
@kbrown2225 No defense of curling necessary. Curling is awesome! I already can't wait for the next Winter Olympics.
Apology accepted, and I also apologize for responding in such a harsh manner.
Hell it's tough when your favorite player is showing signs of age. I live in Delaware so I used to follow the Phillies as my National League team (although that is a thing of the past) and saw how badly he was treated there (he was in his prime and always produced). When he went to the AL I was hoping the Angels might get him and was thrilled when he joined the team.
His skills may have diminished but I am going to keep rooting for him until he proves he can't produce for the team. I really don't think his comments were meant to be "prima donna" but rather a proud man who thinks he can still produce for the team as an everyday player. The fact of the matter is that it is up to him to prove it.
By the way I am familiar with the "cabin fever" of no baseball, hell my wife caught me watching curling during the Winter Olympics. I told her "But honey, spring training hasn't started yet!"
@monkeywithahalo@kbrown2225 White Flag here, Mr. Brown. We here at MWAH really aren't as nasty as I came off; I was a poor representation of the MWAH class of followers today & very out of character today. I suppose my passion for Halos excellence gets the best of me, especially when I am deprived of baseball action for too long. Let's clean slate the whole thing and let me express a warm, Tempe style welcome to you. I hope you will visit the site & comment more often. Shoot, if you roll out to Tempe for some spring training and I am going to be at the game, I'll even buy ya a beer.
I hope so. What can I say, Abreu is my favorite Angel and it is tough seeing your favorite player decline with age. I am going to keep rooting for Bobby to comeback and help the team.
I believe your statement was "Are you related to Mr. Abreu? Mancrush? Troll?." That seems like some pretty nasty comments and the sort of thing I would associate with a name-calling internet coward. I am so sorry that you do not deem me as great or loyal a fan as you are. Your comments were mean and nasty. I comment on a lot of Angels websites and that being said I will go back to Halos Heaven because there when you make a comment people discuss the issue with you like true fans instead of attacking you and calling you names because they do not agree with your views.
@kbrown2225 easy there Mr. Brown...before you go spouting "internet coward" and sounding like a Yankee fan. i wasn't being nasty, perhaps territorial. anyione who reads this blog with any regularity knows I am a very loyal reader/commenter. If I say something against anyone it is sharing my opinion...not being an internet coward...come on, really?
@kbrown2225 the "troll" tag was thrown out there because I see nothing but 6 comments on this blog in your history and all of them are Abreu related. In otherwords, my calling you out was somewhat justified....relax. Additionally, your name nor your profile have any real mentioning of Angel fandom. I was 100% wrong on my 8 doubles comment - I was reviewing the wrong stat, my bad. Nonetheless, I wish Bobby & his $9MM WOULD produce this season. It WOULD be a great insurance policy for the Trumbo/Morales situation. Unfortunately, even if one of those guys can't deliver as hoped, I don't feel Bobby is going to offer much more than they do. As far as "following the Angels for years"....great. If you are new to this blog, sorry for the seemingly rude welcome. Come in & contribute. I'll just say one thing about MY fandom....it was 1979, the Big A was in left field, it was a day game, it was overcast, it was against the Blue Jays and we won.