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Los Angeles Angels Call Up Mike Trout, Release Bobby Abreu

Well, the Los Angeles Angels are shaking up their roster. The Angels announced after Friday's loss that they have released outfielder/designated hitter Bobby Abreu, and are replacing him with uber-prospect Mike Trout.

Abreu, who turned 38 in March, only received 24 at bats in 2012 with the Angels, appearing only in eight games.

Trout, though, could kick start Los Angeles' offense. Through 77 at bats in AAA, Trout hit .403/.467/.623 with 11 walks and 16 strikeouts. Trout's speed was showcased as well, as he hit four doubles, five triples and stole six bases.

It's unknown how the Angels will utilize Trout, but he could very well start in center immediately. Peter Bourjos, excellent range aside, has been struggling mightily, hitting a paltry .178/.245/.267 through his first 45 at bats, with three walks and 12 strikeouts.

As long as Trout is getting at bats, he will immediately upgrade Los Angeles' offense -- which certainly needs it. We'll see how the club uses him going forward, but the Angels have just added a massive talent to their active roster.

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