Posted By Jeff Fletcher on January 28, 2009 8:10 pm
The days are counting down to the start of spring training, and the Giants remain without a middle-of-the-order threat while there are three big ones sitting on the free-agent market.
While the whole world has weighed the pros and cons of Manny Ramirez, and we got into an Adam Dunn discussion here a while back, not much has been said about Bobby Abreu.
So let’s take a look at what Abreu brings to the table, and whether he’d be a good acquisition, now that his price might have dropped to under $10 million a year. Chump change, right?
Abreu is going to be 35 in a few weeks (older than Dunn, but younger than Manny). Last year he hit .296 with 20 homers and 100 RBIs for the Yankees. He had an OPS of .843. (The Giants haven’t had an everyday player with an OPS over .800, other than Barry Bonds, in the past two years.)
Of course, Abreu has warts, just like the other guys. He’s fairly awful in the outfield. (He and Dunn ranked as two of the three worst outfielders in the majors according to this, while Randy Winn was one of the best.) He’s also a left-handed hitter, so AT&T Park’s right-center field gap could be his worst nightmare, offensively and defensively.
All things considered, it seems like Abreu is probably not a good fit for the Giants, which is probably why, until now, you haven’t read anything about him coming to the Giants. So that was pretty much a waste of time. As I’ve said before, though, blogs are all about wasting time (especially baseball blogs in January).
Now, get back to work before the boss sees what you’re reading.