Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune had this to say about the Indians’ search for an outfielder following an unsuccessful attempt to acquire Angels outfielder Bobby Abreu.
“There’s a chance the Angels will release Bobby Abreu (owed $9 million) if they can’t find a team that wants him. He has had a bad spring while moaning about a lack of at-bats. The Indians discussed a trade for him but backed off, seemingly to pursue Johnny Damon instead.”
Damon, 38, played in 150 games for the Tampa Bay Rays last season, batting .261 with 16 homers, 73 RBI, 19 steals, and a .743 OPS.
Without an acquisition, the team will open the season with Shelley Duncan as the team’s starting left fielder and Aaron Cunningham as the fourth outfielder, after he beat out Ryan Spilborghs for one of the final roster spots.