Abreu reportedly offered a two year extension

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More Tweety fun from SI’s Jon Heyman:

Angels offered abreu a 2-year extension for about $16 million. after MVP calibre year with LAA, he is looking for more.

This is ridiculous for a couple of reasons.  For starters, I have a hard time featuring the Angels, who are, you know, getting ready to play the ALCS, conducting contract negotiations with Abreu.  Arte Moreno and his crew are too smart to create distractions like that in the middle of the playoffs.  If this offer actually ever happened, I’m betting that it happened a couple of weeks ago.  It’s also possible that someone is pulling Heyman’s chain, be it the team or Abreu’s people.

I’d guess it’s Abreu’s people, because the substance of the post itself is silly, and seems calculated to kiss a little butt.  Abreu had a nice season for the salary he was paid, and provided some much-needed on base ability for the Angels, but it was by no means an “MVP calibre year.”  Indeed, by some measures it was among Abreu’s worst years (power; OPS+, defense).

$16 million over two years is probably defensible enough from the Angels’ perspective.  High if they have any outfield prospects of any value who could come in and take his place, but nothing that’s going to break the bank.  If Abreu really does manage to find someone to pay him substantially more than that, however, that someone will likely be overpaying. 

Royals sign Michael Saunders to a minor-league deal

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Free agent outfielder Michael Saunders has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Royals, the team announced Friday. While the move comes just two days after Saunders agreed to terms with the Pirates, he allegedly asked for his release after the club acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson in a multi-player swap with the Rays on Thursday.

After earning his first spot on an All-Star team in 2016, Saunders followed up a solid campaign with a career-worst performance in 2017. The 31-year-old split the season between the Phillies and Blue Jays’ camps, batting a combined .202/.256/.344 with six home runs and -0.7 fWAR in 234 plate appearances. Although he remained healthy throughout the year, with no sign of the lingering hamstring strain that has plagued him on and off since 2013, he wasn’t productive enough to merit a full-time role on either roster.

With Dickerson slated for a starting role in Pittsburgh, it was unlikely that Saunders would have commanded anything other than a backup role in 2018. Now, however, he’ll compete for playing time amid a slew of outfield options, including Alex Gordon, Cody Asche, Jorge Bonifacio, Tyler Collins and Paulo Orlando.