Manager reaches out to Bobby Abreu

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Scioscia said he called Bobby Abreu about a month ago to discuss the veteran's role.

Abreu has been the subject of frequent trade rumors all winter, most recently linked to discussions with the New York Yankees involving pitcher A.J. Burnett. That trade reportedly fell through because Burnett, who has a limited no-trade clause, didn't want to play on the West Coast.

With Mark Trumbo and Kendrys Morales eating up at-bats at designated hitter and the Angels deep in outfielders, Abreu, 37, wouldn't appear to have an appreciable role.

"In talking to Bobby, he does want to play every day, but he's tempered that with an understanding of the potential of this team to win and he understands the situation," Scioscia said.

Abreu is not yet in Angels camp. Position players aren't required to begin working out here until Feb. 27.