Tag:Bobby Abreu
Posted on: February 14, 2009 12:10 pm

Odds And Ends: Griffey, Abreu, Giants

A few links for Saturday morning...

Posted on: February 13, 2009 1:23 pm

Odds and Ends: Dunn, Schumaker, Abreu

Links for Friday...

Posted on: February 13, 2009 12:41 pm

Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Red Sox, Cruz, Angels, Ja

On this date 14 years ago, Hideo Nomo signed with the Dodgers after "retiring" from professional baseball in Japan, becoming the first Japanese player in the big leagues in over 30 years. Nomo would go on to win 123 games in 12 big league seasons, including two no-hitters. Since then, at least 25 other pitchers have made the jump from Japan to the U.S. and Nomo is arguably still the best to make the move. With several big names still looking for their own big league contract, let's take a look at what is being written in the Blogosphere...

Cork Gaines writes for RaysIndex.com. If you have a suggestion for this feature, Cork can be reached here (cork@raysindex.com).

Posted on: February 12, 2009 4:32 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2009 8:56 pm

Heyman On Manny, Pudge, Cabrera, Howard

The latest from SI.com's Jon Heyman...

  • Heyman says "most in the know seem to still believe [Dodgers owner Frank] McCourt will bend on Manny Ramirez and go to three years."
  • The Nationals' offer to Adam Dunn was on the table for weeks until he realized no team was going to beat or approach it.  There were rumors months ago that Dunn sought a $100MM deal heading into free agency.
  • The Astros and Marlins are looking at Ivan Rodriguez.  There's even an El Nuevo Dia report suggesting the Astros offered $2.5MM+ to Pudge, but that seems out of their price range to me.  In today's mailbag, MLB.com's Alyson Footer opines that the Astros wouldn't go to $3MM for a catcher.
  • The A's "want to spend no more than $5MM, and probably closer to $3MM" for Orlando Cabrera.  He should take that if it's offered.
  • The Angels had been eyeing Joe Crede but may be done after signing Bobby Abreu.  The Giants and Twins remain the likeliest suitors for Crede.
  • The Phillies hoped to lock up Ryan Howard beyond his arbitration years, and Ruben Amaro Jr. disputed the notion that he is after Teixeira money.
Posted on: February 12, 2009 12:56 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2009 8:56 pm

Angels Sign Bobby Abreu

According to Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times, the Angels' one-year deal with outfielder Bobby Abreu is official.  The contract is believed to be for about $5MM guaranteed with incentives that can push the value past $6MM.  On today's conference call, Abreu and Angels GM Tony Reagins explained how they deal came together.

Posted on: February 12, 2009 10:01 am
Edited on: February 12, 2009 10:32 pm

Manny Ramirez Rumors: Thursday

9:26pm: MLB.com's Ken Gurnick suggests that the "signings this week of Bobby Abreu and Adam Dunn will be the trigger to bring the Dodgers and Ramirez toward a middle ground." 

Gurnick also shares this quote from Giants president Larry Baer, implying that his club is sitting idle on the Manny front: "Nothing's really changed from our perspective."

4:40pm: Ken Rosenthal offers thoughts on the Dodgers and Manny, as well as Hudson.

3:50pm: Not sure if this qualifies as news, but Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times learned that Ramirez cancelled a promotional appearance because he could sign a contract at any time.

8:48am: Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times has the latest on Manny Ramirez today.  Talks continue with the Dodgers, but there's nothing new to report.

Some had speculated that Bobby Abreu and Adam Dunn were the Dodgers' backup plan, but Ned Colletti and Scott Boras are both claiming the signings don't affect the Manny negotiations.

How many teams are in on Ramirez?  From Shaikin's article:

Boras said the other day that he was negotiating with "several" teams for Ramirez. We asked him whether "several" could be defined as "more than two."  He chuckled.  "Two or more," he said.

Shaikin adds that Orlando Hudson "called the Dodgers, not the other way around."  Signing Hudson would mean shuffling around Blake DeWitt and/or Casey BlakeKen Davidoff of Newsday notes that the Dodgers have pretty much run out of ways to "reallocate their Manny resources."

Posted on: February 11, 2009 8:02 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2009 8:55 pm

Fallout From Abreu And Dunn Deals

Let's look at the fallout from today's big news. The Angels have reached an agreement with Bobby Abreu and the Nats have done the same with Adam Dunn, but, as many of our commenters have noted, other teams and players are affected by these deals. Here's a breakdown:

  • The Dodgers lose a lot of leverage in their negotiations with Manny Ramirez. Dunn was their preferred alternative to Manny, and Abreu was another possibility. Unless GM Ned Colletti wants to trade for a bat or sign a much lesser hitter, he may have to give in to Manny and offer three years or an enhanced one or two year deal.
  • Manny Ramirez and Scott Boras must be smiling tonight. The two strongest suitors for Manny, the Dodgers and Giants, still need bats, but Manny's the only top-notch outfielder left.
  • The Braves lose leverage. They've considered trading for Xavier Nady or Nick Swisher, but with Dunn and Abreu off the board, and Manny out of reach, the Braves might have to give up more in a trade with the Yankees.
  • The Yankees, in turn, benefit from these two deals because they can demand more from the Braves. Peter Abraham thinks the Yankees should hold onto Swisher and Nady.
  • Garret Anderson and Ken Griffey Jr. are now the best remaining alternatives to Manny, so they could both benefit from today's deals.
Posted on: February 11, 2009 9:41 am
Edited on: February 12, 2009 8:55 pm

Angels, Bobby Abreu Reach Agreement

9:55pm: According to Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times, incentives could raise the value of the contract above $6MM.

3:42pm: Crasnick says the Angels and Abreu have reached a preliminary agreement.  It'll be a done deal once he passes his physical and the Angels remove Nick Green from the 40-man to make room.  Also:

The Braves have also expressed serious interest in Abreu, but sources said Atlanta's budget is so tight that general manager Frank Wren would have to stretch to give him a $5MM salary.

11:44am: ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says the Angels and Abreu moved closer to a deal, but are still negotiating incentives that could be worth a million or two.

8:33am: According to SI.com's Jon Heyman, the Angels and Bobby Abreu reached an agreement on a one-year deal worth a little more than $5MM plus incentives.

Abreu, 35 in March, hit .296/.371/.471 in 684 plate appearances for the Yankees last year while playing poor defense.  He earned $16MM in '08.  Many questioned Brian Cashman's decision not to offer arbitration to Abreu, a Type A free agent.  The decision was wise, as Abreu ended up taking a 69% pay cut in base salary.  At the beginning of the offseason, most people expected him to get multiple years and at least $10MM per.  Abreu's agent Peter Greenberg remarked to Larry Stone on January 30th:

"He might take a one-year deal so that he can 14 in his words 14 win the MVP and go out on the market again.  He's definitely motivated. Not that he's not usually, but he has extra motivation."

In Abreu, the Angels add some much-needed OBP to a team that ranked 11th in the AL last year in the crucial stat.

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