Free-agent rightfielder Bobby Abreu and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a one-year contract.
Several media outlets reported yesterday that Abreu will be paid a salary of $5 million with a chance to push it above $6 million based on incentives. Abreu made $16 million with the Yankees last season and was reportedly seeking a three-year, $48-million deal as a free agent.
The Angels were expected to announce the deal today, pending Abreu's passing a physical.
Abreu, a 13-year veteran who batted .296 with 100 RBIs and 20 homers last season, joins Torii Hunter, Vladimir Guerrero, Juan Rivera and Gary Matthews Jr. in an outfield-designated hitter rotation. Abreu's signing means free agent Garret Anderson likely will not be re-signed.
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Dunn joins Nationals
Adam Dunn called pals Ryan Zimmerman and Austin Kearns yesterday to deliver the news: They'll soon be teammates on the Washington Nationals.
Dunn and the Nationals agreed to a contract worth $20 million over two years, several Web sites reported.
Dunn hit a combined .236 with 40 homers, 100 RBIs and 164 strikeouts last season with the Reds and Diamondbacks. In each of the past five seasons, he has hit at least 40 homers and struck out at least 164 times.
The 2008 Nationals hit 117 homers as a team - ranking 15th of 16 NL teams - while finishing with the worst record in the major leagues at 59-102.
After pursuing first baseman Mark Teixeira until he signed with the Yankees, the Nationals had not managed to add a slugger or make a truly significant offseason move - until now.
The 29-year-old Dunn, who can play the outfield or first base and is a left-handed batter, has a .247 average with 278 homers and 672 RBIs over his career. The 6-6, 240-pound Dunn also has a .381 on-base percentage and last year led the NL in walks with 122.
Also, first baseman Kevin Millar signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays and was invited to major-league spring training camp. Millar hit .234 with 20 home runs and 72 RBIs for Baltimore last season, the third 20-homer season of his 11-year career.