31-Year-Old Second Baseman – Free Agent
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Tony Abreu in 2016. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Tony Abreu Contract Information:
Agreed to a one-year, $745,000 deal with the Giants in January 2014, avoiding arbitration.
Abreu was outrighted to Triple-A Fresno on Sunday, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Tony Abreu.
Abreu was signed by the Giants in 2013 to fill the utility infielder role, and that is exactly what he did, starting 22 games at second base while Marco Scutaro was dealing with minor injuries. He doesn't offer much offensively (two home runs and zero stolen bases in 147 plate appearances last season), and that isn't likely to change at this stage of his career. With Scutaro and Brandon Crawford under contract, Abreu will likely fill the same utility role that he did last year, which means he can probably be ignored in most fantasy circles again.
With minimal power, minimal speed, a career .252 average over four partial major league seasons, and no starting job, Abreu is clearly not someone to target for your fantasy team in 2013. The 28-year-old switch-hitting utility infielder may have hit .322 with nine home runs, seven steals and a .839 OPS for Triple-A Omaha in 2012, but just as in years past, it failed to translate at the major league level. He should continue to fill in as organizational depth, either working as a bench player in the majors or starting somewhere in the infield back at Triple-A, but he doesn't provide enough offensive punch to be worthy of a spot on your roster.
A sprained wrist derailed Abreu's season in May as he never fully rebounded to be the D-Backs' primary utility option as the team had planned at the end of spring training. At first glance, the switch-hitting infielder is best suited for a bench role because of his defensive versatility and matchup flexibility as a pinch-hitting option. In order to collect more playing time, Abreu needs to improve his contact rate (76 percent) and walk rate after earning just four free passes in 201 plate appearances with Arizona last season. Until that happens, Abreu will be endgame fodder in NL-only leagues, with some added upside as the D-Backs are likely to free up more at-bats for him this time around. Most of the power Abreu has flashed to this point has come in the hitter-friendly parks of the Pacific Coast League, so anything more than 10-12 homers at his peak is probably a stretch.
Traded from the Dodgers to Arizona in the deal involving Jon Garland, Abreu's outlook for 2010 is unclear. At best, Abreu is a low-end NL-only guy, with batting average being really his only potentially above-average fantasy asset. He'll be competing for a utility role during spring training after the D-Backs signed Kelly Johnson to be their regular second baseman in December.
Abreu missed the entire season with an assortment of injuries, eventually undergoing season-ending hip surgery in May. He is expected to be 100 percent for the start of spring training, but with his history of injuries and lack of power (four homers in 400 at-bats in 2007), it seems unlikely he'll be anything more than a utility player in his career. Fortunately, Abreu is still just 24 years old, so anything resembling consistent at-bats will likely have to come with a new organization.
With all the struggles the Dodgers had in 2007 maintaining a viable offensive threat at third base, Abreu was able to step in and receive his first big league action, hitting .271/.309/.404 in 166 at-bats. Because he doesn't offer much in the way of home-run power (just 10 homers in 857 at-bats between the minors and majors the last two years), Abreu isn't considered a candidate for the team's third base job in 2008. He could earn a utility role and compete for the second base job once Jeff Kent retires. First, Abreu will need to show both improved plate discipline (he walked in just four percent of his plate appearances for the Dodgers in 2007) and some power in order to receive regular at-bats.