Breaking down Bobby Abreu

Posted By 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.


4 Responses to “Breaking down Bobby Abreu”

  1. Mark says:

    Thanks Jeff for getting me fired for reading about the impossible possiblity of the Giants going after Bobby Abreu. :-)

  2. obsessivegiantscompulsive says:

    Not only would he suffer in AT&T, he was boosted by Yankee Stadium’s short RF fence, he hit 14 homers at home, only 6 homers on the road. He could end up below 10 homers if he played a full season with us.

  3. Roy says:

    I think this would actually be a pretty good pickup for us ONLY if we traded Winn. We would replace Winn’s bat with Abreu’s which is an upgrade, Abreu is not a HR hitter anyway so I would be fine with getting 12-15 out of him, he is an OBP guy that also drives in runs and can also steal 20 bags. Sign him and bat him cleanup, hes a better option than Molina.BR/BR/He also hit over .300 vs lefties and he is a type A free agent but since he wasnt offered arbitration, he wouldnt cost us a draft pick.

  4. Jeff Fletcher says:

    By the way, since writing this I talked to an “industry source” (remember, that’s code for “an executive or scout from a team not related to this transaction”) who said that Abreu actually wouldn’t be such a terrible fit for the Giants because he’s not really not as bad defensively as he was last year. In the past, he’d been just slightly below average. If the Giants believe last year’s defense was a fluke, and they can get an .800+ OPS guy with some speed for cheap, they ought to do it, this person told me. Take that for what it’s worth.

    Personally, I still wouldn’t do it. Even if he does play better defense in ’09 than ’08, he’d need to play a lot better to handle AT&T’s right field. And I’m not even sure he’d still be an .800+ OPS guy at AT&T.

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