Abreu to the Indians? …

The Angels were in talks with the Indians about a deal to send disgruntled outfielder Bobby Abreu to Cleveland, but as of late Thursday night, nothing had been finalized.

Industry sources told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez the two sides were working on the parameters of a deal earlier in the afternoon, but CBSSports.com and FOXSports.com reported that the amount of money the Indians would absorb was holding up a trade.

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto could not be reached for comment, and Abreu’s agent, Peter Greenberg, wrote in a text message that he had not been told about a potential trade for his client. A team spokesman said no announcement was imminent.

The Angels have long been trying to move Abreu, the 38-year-old slugger who has been left without a role now that Albert Pujols is on board, Kendrys Morales looks healthy and Mark Trumbo is an option in the corner outfield.

But Abreu’s $9 million salary has been a major obstacle, and his lackluster spring performance – he’s batting just .087 (4-for-46) and has gone hitless in his last five games – has only made it more difficult.

On Thursday, manager Mike Scioscia gave Abreu a mental day off.

The Angels are willing to – and would have to – absorb the vast majority of Abreu’s remaining $9 million in a potential deal. Major League Baseball’s pending approval of the amount of money the Angels would send to the Indians could be keeping the trade from being finalized.

Switch-hitting Indians outfielder Trevor Crowe was removed from a Minor League game on Thursday, which is usually a sign that a player is part of a potential deal.

If the trade falls through, it would mark at least the second failed attempt to move the veteran slugger. Back in February, the parameters were in place for a deal that would’ve sent Abreu to the Yankees in exchange for starting pitcher A.J. Burnett, but Burnett – who eventually went to the Pirates – used his limited no-trade clause to veto a move to the West coast.

Abreu – 16 homers away from 300, 116 hits away from 2,500, seven steals away from 400 and 81 walks away from 1,500 – recently told MLB.com he’d like to play three more years, and previously voiced frustrations about his current role to a couple of Spanish-language publications.

“I’m fine,” Abreu, who has had a couple of closed-door meetings with Dipoto and Scioscia this spring, said Thursday morning. “I don’t have any problems. That’s been talked about. There’s no problems. For me, the most important thing is to finish getting ready for the season, so that whenever they need me, I’m ready.”

Abreu was as consistent and well-rounded a player as there was from 1998-2009, batting .301 with a .406 on-base percentage while averaging 21 homers, 28 stolen bases and 156 games during that stretch.

Over the last two years, though, his batting average has dipped to .254. And though he posted the second-highest on-base percentage on the Angels in 2011, Abreu mustered just eight home runs all season and put up a .668 OPS in the final two months.


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