The Angels would trade Bobby Abreu for “a middling prospect”

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There are a lot of guys in Anaheim who can play 1B/DH/corner outfield, and thus it’s kinda hard to see how many plate appearances Bobby Abreu is going to get. In light of that — and in light of the fact that he makes $9 million — the Angels would like to trade him.  Jayson Stark reports that they’d accept a “middling prospect” for him.

Abreu hit .253/.353/.365 in 2011. The on base skills are still vaguely there, so if he was close to free I suppose someone could find a use for him. But given the near total lack of power and the near lack of defensive value I’m not sure anyone gives up even a mediocre minor leaguer for him, especially if they were expected to cover any significant part of that $9 million.

My guess: he finds himself in some sort of DH platoon in Anaheim at best. But, for the most part, spends his last year under contract as a really expensive pinch hitter.

Video: Ian Kinsler homers in WBC final, rounds bases solemnly

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Ian Kinsler found himself in hot water on Wednesday evening when he criticized the way players from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic play baseball. It is his hope that kids watching the World Baseball Classic decide to emulate the emotionless way players from the U.S. play baseball as opposed to the exciting, cheerful way players from other countries tend to play the game.

Needless to say, Kinsler’s comments didn’t sit well with many people, but he has the most recent laugh. Kinsler broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third inning of Wednesday night’s WBC final against Puerto Rico, slugging a two-run home run to left-center field at Dodger Stadium off of Seth Lugo.

Kinsler, of course, rounded the bases solemnly which is sure to highlight just how cool and exciting the game of baseball is to international viewers.

Jered Weaver dealing with “dead arm”

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Padres starter Jered Weaver lasted just two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday afternoon’s Cactus League appearance against the Royals. He yielded four runs on three hits, throwing 31 pitches before getting pulled. His spring ERA now sits at an ugly 10.13.

Weaver said he’s been dealing with a “dead arm” since his last bullpen session, but added he’s dealt with the issue in previous springs, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

The Padres signed Weaver to a one-year, $3 million contract last month. The right-hander is coming off of the worst season of his 11-year career. His fastball averaged a career-low 83 MPH and he put up a 5.06 ERA with a 103/51 K/BB ratio in 178 innings.