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It’s Finally Safe To Draft Bobby Abreu

Bobby Abreu fantasy baseballBobby Abreu signed a 1-year deal with the Anaheim Angels today, putting him into a crowded but talented outfield heading into 2009. Fantasy Baseball Dugout is guessing the signing of Abreu moves Vladimir Guerrero to a permanent DH-role, with Torii Hunter and either Reggie Willits or Gary Matthews, Jr., taking the other spots.

Abreu’s current average draft position is around pick 63 or 64, according to Mock Draft Central. He has been taken as early as no. 45 and as late as no. 95. Normally, you will find Bobby in the same area as Geovany Soto, Magglio Ordonez, and free-agent Adam Dunn.

Considering his average draft position, I think Abreu has probably been a steal to this point in fantasy drafts. This has to simply be related to his status as a free agent, right?

Last season, Abreu batted .296 with 20 homeruns, 100 RBI, 100 runs, and 22 steals. Abreu has produced 20/100/100/20 or better seasons 3 times in his career. Most years, he is a lock to steal over 20 bags and score over 100 runs.

Several players who have a less reliable stat line are being drafted well ahead of Abreu like Alexei Ramirez, Shane Victorino, and Nate McLouth.

While Abreu might be getting neglected due to his lack of employment, keep an eye on Abreu when you’re drafting this year. Getting a player of his pedigree in the 60’s will be a steal, regardless of league size.

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