Thursday, November 5, 2009
ANGELS AGREE TO TWO-YEAR DEAL WITH VETERAN BOBBY ABREU
ANAHEIM, CA – The Angels Thursday agreed to a two-year deal with a club option for 2012 with veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu. Per club policy, no financial terms will be announced. Today’s announcement was made by General Manager Tony Reagins.
“We are excited to have Bobby and the presence he brings to our organization,” said Reagins. “He was an integral part of what we accomplished in 2009 and we look forward to his contributions both on and off the field.”
Abreu, 35, joined the Angels on a one-year deal just before the start of Spring Training last season and enjoyed yet another productive campaign. He batted .293 (165/563) with 96 runs, 29 doubles, three triples, 15 home runs, 103 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 152 games.
"I am very happy to sign this contract," said Abreu. "I really enjoyed my first season with the club. The Angels are a solid organization, with an outstanding team and great fans. With the talent we have, I look forward to the opportunity of post-season competition once again."
The Venezuelan native reached 100 RBI for the seventh consecutive season, matching Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez for the longest active streak in MLB. With 30 stolen bases, Abreu has totaled at least 20 SBs in 11 consecutive seasons, the longest current streak in baseball.
In a year filled with milestone achievements, Abreu reached 150 games played for the 12th straight season, a feat only five players in Major League history can claim (Willie Mays, Billy Williams, Pete Rose and Cal Ripken). Adding his name to another selective list, he became the sixth player in Major League history with at least 250 home runs, 2,000 hits, 1,000 runs, 1,000 RBI, 1,000 walks and 300 stolen bases.
A two-time All-Star, Abreu played a significant role in the Angels’ Division Series sweep of the Boston Red Sox. In three division series games, he batted .556 (5/13) with two doubles, four walks and four runs scored. 2009 marked his first career appearance in the League Championship Series.