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Bobby Abreu could be expendable for the Angels.
The Angels have some issues with depth in their outfield, but the issue is that they have too many players to give regular playing time to. The top prospect in the game, Mike Trout, is ready for an everyday role that only deepens the depth.
Trout and young Peter Bourjos won't be moved, but the trio of Vernon Wells, Bobby Abreu, and Torii Hunter will be available because you can't plus five guys into three spots and each has a significant contract.
If the Angels believe star first baseman Kendry Morales will be healthy after missing the last year and a half, the logjam at first with Morales and potential Rookie of the Year Mark Trumbo will further deepen the amount of players looking for at bats.
Hunter is the least likely to move because he has full no-trade protection, and isn't likely to be open to making the move. If he was available, he may be the most attractive of the three options since he has some pop left in the tank and provides leadership. He has one year and $18 million left on his contract.
The next most attractive option to the Braves would be Bobby Abreu, a player that will be 38 years old before the start of the 2012 season. Due to reaching contractual goals, Abreu's $9 million dollar option for 2012 vests. Despite his age Abreu put together a solid 2011 season with a triple slash line of .253/.353/.365 with eight homers, 60 runs batted in, and 21 steals. Abreu played 108 games as the designated hitter, but can still play either right or left field.
Vernon Wells isn't likely to happen because (assuming he doesn't opt out of his contract) he has three years and $63 million left on his deal, money the Braves can't really afford to pay unless the Angels can pay some of his salary. If the Braves were able to take him and pay him most of his salary it could potentially help convince the Angels to include starting shortstop Erick Aybar in the deal. Despite the Braves need for a shortstop, paying $63 million over three years for a guy that only hit .218 this year seems unlikely.
Aybar is potentially available because his salary is likely to increase after a strong 2011 and the Angels also having Maicer Izturis ready to plug into a starting role. Aybar, who hit .279/.322/.421 with 10 homers, 59 runs batted in, and 30 steals this year, isn't necessarily even on the trading block despite the fact that there are some rumors in the media.
The Angels could potentially have interest in Lowe for a back of the rotation spot following their trio of Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, and Ervin Santana. After those three, the Angels rotation has few answers as veteran Joel Pineiro is a free agent, rookie Tyler Chatwood's peripheral numbers suggest he was lucky this year and due for some regression next year, and comeback story Jerome Williams needs to prove over a longer time frame that he belongs in the rotation of a playoff contender.