After auto-piloting an OPS of .781 during the first half, Bobby Abreu went on a salary drive with an OPS of .930 in the second half (for the Yankees in 2008).
Abreu is no longer the player he was in 2004. But, his production in 2009 should match his rate of the last two years.
However, he wants a three-year deal this off-season.
Now that Xavier Nady is in Yankeeland, I don’t see New York giving Abreu three years. Expect Abreu to sign somewhere and bat in the middle of the order…like he did in New York…at least for one more season.
He very well might sign with the team who wanted Manny Ramirez the most…but just missed getting him as a free agent. And, since, reportedly, Manny may wait until January to sign a deal, Abreu may have to wait a while for his next contract.