Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Release Outfielder/DH Bobby Abreu

Kenny DeJohn@@kennydejohnAnalyst IIIApril 27, 2012

TEMPE, AZ - MARCH 12:  Bobby Abreu #53 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looks for a pitch in the second inning against Los Angeles Dodgers at Tempe Diablo Stadium on March 12, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim announced late Friday night that they have released outfielder and designated hitter Bobby Abreu, reports Zach Links of MLBtraderumors.com.

Abreu, who was in the final season of his three-year, $9 million extension with the Halos, will now be free to test the waters as a free agent.

In spring training, Abreu was outspoken about his frustration with his potential playing time. The Angels have a wealth of outfielders and designated hitters, so Abreu was set to be a part of a platoon in both positions.

Although Abreu recently began warming up to the platoon, general manager Jerry Dipoto was still shopping him.

He was almost dealt to the Indians at the end of March, but the Indians' unwillingness to involve Trevor Crowe in the deal seemed to be the main hold-up.

In eight games this season, Abreu is hitting just .208/.259/.333 with zero home runs and five RBI.

Abreu is still capable of providing a solid on-base percentage and decent run production, so he'll likely receive numerous deals from clubs in need of a little extra offensive firepower.

The Indians likely won't be one of them, though, as Johnny Damon is now on board and getting ready for a call-up in May.

The Angels now have an open spot on the 25-man roster, so I'll end with a simple question (and a terrible rhyme):

Is it Mike Trout time in Anaheim?