Everyday until spring training begins the "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog will review one player from the Yankees roster. We will review a total of 27 players, the 25 we believe will be on the active roster after spring training, and 2 we believe should be on the active roster but won't be for one reason or another. Our reviews are all edited by Carl Pavano himself to insure they're up to the stringent "Pavano Tough" standards.
Acquired prior to the expiration of the trade deadline in 2006 Abreu has proven to be a serviceable outfielder. He does, however, leave a number of things to be desired. Abreu has a great arm in right field, which he uses often since he's not going to be diving or running into the wall to catch balls, he'd rather chase it down and throw it in. Abreu has also not shown the power many hoped he would. And while he often manages to find a way on base, he was a very streaky hitter in 2007. The Yankees picked up Abreu's option for 2008 if only because the $16M price tag in this year's free agent market was a bargain. But I suppose that determination can only be made accurately at the end of the year.
Abreu's May batting avg: .124; Abreu's June batting avg: .531. wtf?
Little Known Fact:
Bobby Abreu is actually an above average golfer who tees off regularly with the likes of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson on his own personal golf course in Venezuela.