A week before arriving, Abreu did an interview with ESPNDeportes.com in which he expressed his uncertainty and displeasure with what he expected to be a diminished role for the 2012 Angels.
If he is going to be "a bench player," Abreu said, he would rather the Angels traded him.
On his first day in camp, Abreu met with manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto to discuss those comments and his role in the team's plans. He came out of that meeting having been assured there was more than a bench role for him with the team.
"I'm fine; I'm OK," Abreu said of his mindset after the meeting. "We had a nice conversation this morning. It was very good. We talked about what we needed to talk about. We're talking about 400."
Scioscia clarified that he could see Abreu getting 400 plate appearances (not at-bats) as a designated hitter and in the corner outfield spots. But those at-bats could be hard to find if Kendrys Morales successfully returns from his May 2010 ankle fracture.
Even at that, Abreu didn't seem thrilled with 400 plate appearances after averaging 680 per year over the last 13 seasons.
"It's not enough," Abreu said. "I've been getting 600, most of the time 700 at-bats every year. But like I said, that's the situation right now. Let's see how it's going to be handled, what's going to happen. Let's see.
"It's just a number. But I think it can be a little bit more."
Abreu, who will turn 38 this month, might deserve far less playing time. He slumped badly in the second half of 2011, batting .189 after the end of July and posting career-lows in most offensive categories.
Scioscia benched him at times, snapping Abreu's streak of playing at least 150 games for 13 consecutive seasons, tied with Willie Mays for the MLB record, but not benching him often enough to prevent a plate-appearances clause in Abreu's contract from being activated.
The Angels will pay Abreu $9 million this season as a result of that option.
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The switch-hitter also is taking batting practice from both sides of the plate. Last spring, the Angels did not let him bat from the right side because of the additional torque placed on his injured ankle, because his left is his landing foot when he swings right-handed.
He has not pitched in the majors since 2010 and was one of the first players to fail a drug test after Major League Baseball started testing for performance-enhancing drugs. He was suspended for 10 games in 2005. The penalty has since been raised to 50 games.