ANAHEIM -- Bobby Abreu said his contract option for 2012 wasn't weighing heavily on his mind. Still, it was a nice relief as his $9 million option vested when he recorded his 433rd plate appearance of the season in Sunday's game against Detroit.
"It's good to know you're going to be back next year," Abreu said. "You have a contract. You don't have to go through free agency stuff again."
Abreu signed a one-year deal with the club before the 2009 season, and then penned his name to a two-year contract prior to 2010 with the option for 2012. He described his two-and-a-half years in Anaheim thus far as very enjoyable.
"We have such good teammates, good players all around," he said. "The young guys -- they just want to play the game right ... Good coaches, good city and good fans."
With just four home runs, the 37-year-old former Home Run Derby champion isn't driving the ball quite like he used to. However, the Angels have still found value in Abreu's offense, particularly in his ability to get on base. His .380 on-base percentage paced the team entering Tuesday. Additionally, he came into the Halos' series against Minnesota second on the team with 15 stolen bases.
Asked how many years he thought he had left, Abreu simply grinned. But he would like to spend those years -- however many there are -- in Anaheim.
"No doubt I would like to," he said through a smile. "Let's see what's going to happen."