Fresh off yet another one-run loss thanks to the amazing powers of the Bullpen of Perpetual Sorrow in which the Halos have tied their worst start to a season ever, the Angels have finally reached for the panic button and slammed it hard.
Almost immediately after the loss news broke that struggling, malcontent DH/OF Bobby Abreu had finally been kicked to the curb:
#Angels announce release of Abreu.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 28, 2012
This move was long overdue. The team didn't want him, he didn't want to be on the team anymore. It is also probably not a coincidence that this move comes the day after an "unnamed Angel player" complained to T.J. Simers of the "Scioscia stanglehold." We don't know that it was Bobby, but, c'mon. Even if that had nothing to do with it, Abreu had done nothing on the field to convince the Halos that he was worth the rest of those 400 plate appearances he was promised. Abreu should land on his feet though, some team will certainly be willing to give him a shot since he will basically be playing for free after the Angels hand him his $9 million severance check.
Of course, Abreu wasn't given his walking papers solely for punitive reasons. Turns out the Angels needed to clear a spot on the active roster for uber-prospect Mike Trout:
#Angels call up Mike Trout from triple-A.— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) April 28, 2012
This move was made even though the team had said less than 48 hours before that they had no immediate plans to call him up. I guess getting four-hit by Justin Masterson has a way of making you change your plans.