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  • Bobby Abreu was found near the bottom of baseball’s bargain bin.  And the Angels received someone who can actually take a few pitches.  Keith Law explains it well, if you wish to review what he wrote.  The thing about Abreu is that he doesn’t fit in with the Angels philosophy, really at all, other than hitting for average.  Abreu is patient, something the Angels sorely lack.  Abreu is a poor defender, something the Angels shy away from.  If he DH’s, as Fangraphs has pointed out, then the team will be better off.  But Law also makes another great point, about how if he does spell Vlad in right, how Vlad may swing the bat better with a little less time in the field, and a little more time slotted int he DH spot.  But the Angels took a step in the right direction.  They don’t have to have nine guys who can see close to 4 pitches per AB, but having a few of those guys is a good thing.  Abreu may not fit in well, but he makes the team better.
  • I don’t mean to link to Keith “The KLAW” Law all the time, but he is my “go to” analyst.  My Lebron James in these situations.  And I like to link to whomever’s articles I have read beforehand, giving them credit in case anything has built a home in my subconscious.  Anyway, Law’s take.  But how do I feel?  Similar to he does.  Adam Dunn makes the Nationals better, maybe puts a few fans in the seats who want to see a few 480-foot home runs.  It isn’t a bad signing.  Dunn is a pretty good player.  But the team still isn’t even close to competing for a playoff spot.  And it is highly unlikely that Dunn will be there when they are competitive, unless they re-sign him when his contract is up. 

4 Comments

There would seem to be some merit of using Abreu to spelling Vlad. Might them both better players.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I wonder if Abreu will continue to bat third in this lineup. It makes sense, but they may want to have righty/lefty/righty, which would mean Abreu would have to bat cleanup. And he isn’t exactly who I would want to bat cleanup at this stage in his career.

one thing that bobby does have going for him in RF is a strong and accurate arm. vladdy isn’t moving out there as quickly as he used to so they both seem to have the same advantages and limitations in the field.
i agree with the points you bring up, but there is one way he does fit into their philosophy- he’s a pretty good baserunner.

ps i wouldn’t want him batting 4th either!

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