Evans Clinchy
Friday March 30th, 2012

The Los Angeles Angels are closing in on a deal to move Bobby Abreu to the Cleveland Indians, according to Jon Heyman of CBS:

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The move makes sense for both sides. For the Angels, Abreu didn't figure to see much playing time this season -- the team is expected to start Kendrys Morales at DH and Vernon Wells and Torii Hunter at the corner outfield spots, leaving Abreu as the odd man out. There were rumblings that Abreu either wanted a starting job or a trade, and now it appears he has the latter.

For the Indians, it's a good fit. Cleveland was scrambling to fill a void in their outfield and the heart of their order, with Grady Sizemore injured; Abreu hits the spot. Abreu hit .253 with only eight home runs last year, but he did have a solid on-base percentage of .353. He turned 38 earlier this month.

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