Thursday, November 5, 2009

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By Eric Denton - Senior Writer

The Angels announced the re-signing of outfielder Bobby Abreu to a two year contract with an option for 2012 on Thursday afternoon. The contract is reportedly worth $19 million guaranteed with the option for the third year based on plate appearances.

Abreu, 35 joined the Angels late in the free agent season and ended up in the words of manager Mike Scioscia the team's MVP.

Abreu certainly had one of the biggest hits of the year for the Angels, doubling off Jonathon Papelbon during the Angels 9th inning rally that defeated the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of their portion of the ALDS.

Abreu had a strong season for the 2009 AL West Champion Angels, batting .293 with 96 runs, 29 2B's, 3 2B's, 15 HRs, 103 RBI and 30 SB.

"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 postseason competition once again."

Not only did Abreu deliver for the Angels on the field, he also did in the clubhouse. Many Angels including Torii Hunter, Chone Figgins, Kendry Morales and Erick Aybar credit Abreu with giving them a different perspective towards their at bats. All hitters became more patient, worked the counts better and improved their on base percentages.

"I'd be in the on-deck circle, and I couldn't swing at the first thing I saw after Bobby just had an eight-pitch at-bat," - Torii Hunter

"Bobby showed me so much, He's one of the elite players in this game and has been for a long time." - Chone Figgins

Los Angeles still have important decisions to make regarding other free agents John Lackey, Chone Figgins Darren Oliver and Vladimir Guerrero.
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