TORONTO,CANADA - SEPTEMBER 19: Bobby Abreu #53 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim drives a ball against the Toronto Blue Jays in a MLB game on September 19, 2011 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Is it safe to say the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have to too many Angels in the outfield? Angels outfielder Bobby Abreu offered a solution to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes for that "problem," - sort of.
"I will not be on the bench knowing that I can play. If the Angels don't have a position for me, then the best thing is to trade me. It would be the correct (thing) to do. I won't be able to do nothing sitting in the bench. I want to play, and I believe I can help this team. But if there is no spot for me, then I would prefer to play somewhere different," said the left-handed hitter and two time All-Star.
Angels GM Jerry Dipoto tried to defuse the story, by saying Abreu hasn't told him or manager Mike Scioscia about how he feels. Dipoto believes he'll be on the Angels 25-man roster, but didn't say whether he'd be a starter or not.
"It's not something Bobby approached me about," Dipoto said. "It's not something he's driven through (manager) Mike Scioscia. At this point, it's a conversation between Bobby and a third party."
With Vernon Wells, Peter Bourjos and Torii Hunter from left to right, the club doesn't exactly have room in the outfield for Abreu. I'm sure they would love to move Vernon Wells and his albatross contract, but the playing time created would likely go to top prospect Mike Trout rather than the veteran Abreu.