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Monday, December 31, 2012

Source: Red Sox Work Out Bobby Abreu

Take this as a sign that the Red Sox are trying to unload Kevin Stocker, and are looking to tear down public opinion of Stocker so they’ll look good when they dump him.

According to a major league source, the Red Sox have worked out veteran Bobby Abreu in Venzezuela. As part of the workout, the team put the 38-year-old through drills at first base. It is believed the workout is part of both parties doing their due diligence, with it unclear if Abreu would even be open to playing first base, a position he hasn’t manned during a 17-season major league career.

Abreu played in 92 games for the Dodgers in 2012 after being waived by the Angels after just eight games. With the Dodgers, the outfielder hit .246 with a .704 OPS. He was a year removed from serving as the Angels’ everyday designated hitter, having hit .253 with a .717 OPS.

The District Attorney Posted: December 31, 2012 at 07:39 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bobby abreu, red sox, rumors

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   1. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: January 01, 2013 at 10:19 AM (#4335825)
Is this another passive-aggressive way to get Napoli to take fewer years because of his injury risk?
   2. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: January 01, 2013 at 12:03 PM (#4335874)
At this rate why don't they work out Bonds? He'd outhit Abreu next year from his living room recliner.
   3. karlmagnus Posted: January 01, 2013 at 12:08 PM (#4335878)
Manny would outhit both of them, and is available! OPS of .795 in the Dominican Winter League, which would be good for 10th in the overall standings, but he's just short of AB. Put him at DH and make the fatso with the big contract play 1B.
   4. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: January 01, 2013 at 12:15 PM (#4335884)
Can't do it. The Sox removed the urinal from the Monster.
   5. Dale Sams Posted: January 01, 2013 at 12:39 PM (#4335897)
make the fatso with the big contract play 1B.


I think Lackey could do okay on the field but can't hit for ####.

And by the way...didn't we already have a 5th OF/1B guy who could manage a .705 OPS? Oh yeah, they traded him and a reliever for a more expensive reliever.
   6. DFA Posted: January 01, 2013 at 01:18 PM (#4335933)
in Venzezuela


Quality editing no doubt.
   7. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: January 01, 2013 at 01:34 PM (#4335949)
Can't do it. The Sox removed the urinal from the Monster.


You really believe there was a urinal in there? That's so cute!
   8. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: January 01, 2013 at 01:49 PM (#4335964)
I really love Bobby Abreu as a player. Well, I mean as a hitter. He never seemed over-matched up there, always had a plan.
   9. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: January 01, 2013 at 04:30 PM (#4336175)
playing first base, a position he hasn’t manned during a 17-season major league career.

Uh, if I recall, and this is eyeball test only, that Bobby looked pretty shite the last time he actually played RF, they aren't really serious with this are they?

Surely they don't think Napoli will be thinking, "holy crap, they're looking at Abreu, I'd better sign NOW!"
   10. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: January 01, 2013 at 04:46 PM (#4336203)
I watched the Bobby Abreu show in LAAoA last spring an he looks VERY, VERY finished. The OF is a thing he probably remebers fondly, but no way he'd be able to do it in 2013. And first base? Puh-leaze.

And offensively he is well past his use-by date. He is behind everything and seems to be a guess hitter now. The eye is still there but with diminished power he isn't feared at all, so they throw him strikes.

Reminds me of the great Robby Alomar TO post by Dan about 8 years ago. I still giggle thinking about that.
   11. OCD SS Posted: January 01, 2013 at 11:04 PM (#4336589)
I would have to guess that this is not to put pressure on Napoli as much as it is to have some sort of fallback option, but at this point I'd have to think that Gomez is a better option than Abreu. If anything happens with this I would assume that Abreu is being offered a minor league deal as depth in Pawtucket in case Gomez gets injured.
   12. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: January 02, 2013 at 10:30 AM (#4336789)
Could you imagine how scared Abreu would be of the Green Monster? He cowered when he approached a traditional 8 foot wall.
   13. villageidiom Posted: January 02, 2013 at 10:50 AM (#4336808)
Could you imagine how scared Abreu would be of the Green Monster? He cowered when he approached a traditional 8 foot wall.
Whereas at 1B he'd only have to fear Pedroia, who is 2'7".
   14. Nasty Nate Posted: January 02, 2013 at 11:08 AM (#4336827)
I watched the Bobby Abreu show in LAAoA last spring an he looks VERY, VERY finished. The OF is a thing he probably remebers fondly, but no way he'd be able to do it in 2013.


Do you think they would have released Wells instead if their contracts had been equivalent?
   15. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: January 02, 2013 at 05:00 PM (#4337263)
Probably not because VW can actually fake the OF a little. Abreu is AWFUL in the OF.
   16. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: January 02, 2013 at 05:33 PM (#4337302)
Abreu. They're really punishing the fans with this offseason nonsense. Wrap up Napoli already and go to war. Next year's FA class has to better, right?
   17. RJ in TO Posted: January 02, 2013 at 05:36 PM (#4337307)
Next year's FA class has to better, right?

Not really, no.

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