A couple of years ago, Bob Abreu was making $16 million a year. During the 2008 off-season he decided to test out the free agency market and it came back to haunt him. That winter, the Tampa Bay Rays offered the aging slugger $16 million for two years, which Abreu quickly turned down.
With the season quickly approaching, Abreu was forced to sign with the Angels for just $5 million. It’s worked out great for Los Angeles, as Bob helped them get to the playoffs thanks to impressive numbers including 30 stolen bases, 103 RBI, and a .293 average.
Recently, the Angels offered to re-sign Abreu to a two-year contract for $16 million. Surprisingly, Bob turned down the offer. Although he’s never been a superstar, Abreu has always been an above-average hitter. Going into the 2010 season, he will be 36 years old and in his 15th year of service.
One has to wonder just how much does Bob Abreu have left in the tank? While 36 isn’t exactly retirement age, it’s pretty darn close to it. Although some greats have been afforded extra time for nostalgia and ticket sales (Ken Griffey Jr.), that same option won’t be available for Abreu if he starts to struggle early in a season.
As for trading cards, Bobby does not get much love in The Hobby. His absolute best rookie card comes from 1995 Bowman’s Best and the Refractor version is clearly the most-desired. However, Abreu does have two on-card certified autographs from Old Judge and Upper Deck SP Top Prospects.