Bobby Abreu is 37, and he’s not ready to be relegated to a bench role in major league baseball. Abreu has demanded that the Los Angeles Angels either play him every day or trade him, according to ESPN.
“I’m an everyday player,” Abreu said. “I can still be in the lineup for a major league team. I will not be on the bench knowing that I can play. If the Angels don’t have a position for me, then the best thing is to trade me. It would be the correct (thing) to do. I won’t be able to do nothing sitting on the bench.”
Abreu had an everyday job for the Angels last season, usually as a DH but also playing a little bit at the corner outfield spots. It was statistically the worst season of his career, as the veteran hit .253 with only eight home runs, but he still managed to get on base at a respectable .353 clip.
Abreu and Angels manager Mike Scioscia have met to discuss Abreu’s role for next season, and according to the outfielder, the two are on the same page.
“I spoke to Scioscia, but the conversation had nothing to do about me being a bench player,” Abreu said. “He told me I will start one day in the left field, another in right and another as a designated hitter.”