The Indians are on the verge of opening day and it looks like there will be a new face in the locker room.
Multiple sources, including Jon Heyman of CBS, are reporting the Indians are very close to acquiring Bobby Abreu from the Angels. He has reported the Angels will pay almost all of of the $9 million owed to Abreu.
I like this trade for the Indians as long as they are not giving up much. It is rumored by Jon Morosi that Trevor Crowe will be shipped to the Angels.
Crowe has been often injured in his short career with the Indians and I don't have any problem with them shipping him out west for an experienced hitter. (Update: It has since been reported, via Jon Heyman, that Crowe is no longer involved in any trade talks. It is unclear whether this will effect the rumored trade for Bobby Abreu.)
Last year, Bobby Abreu played 18 games in left field, 10 in right field, and 108 at DH.
I am not sure how much outfield depth he will be able to provide but it will be good to give Hafner a rest to keep him healthy and fresh.
It would be nice for the Indians if he could play more games in LF while Grady Sizemore is getting healthy. This would add another solid bat to the lineup that has struggled throughout spring training.
Tribe fans might not have to ask, but of course Abreu bats left handed.
I really wish they could have gone after a right handed bat, but if this rumor ends up being true, Abreu would be a good add for a small price.
It should be encouraging to Cleveland fans to see the team continuing to try to improve the team.