At least one veteran's job with the Angels is secure. While engaging the Cleveland Indians in trade talks for outfielder Bobby Abreu, the Angels have informed 39-year-old reliever Jason Isringhausen that he will be on the 25-man opening day roster, signing a major league contract Friday morning.
As for the disgruntled Abreu, who is unhappy with his reduced role, talks with the Indians appear to be dead or have cooled considerably. Abreu is in the Angels' lineup and batting sixth in Friday's exhibition game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Under baseball's new collective bargaining agreement, teams had to pay 10-year big league veterans on minor league contracts an extra 100,000 to keep them on rosters past Thursday. The Angels had until 9 a.m. Friday to make a decision on Isringhausen.
Manager Mike Scioscia was noncommittal on Isringhausen's status after Thursday's game, saying the decision was in the hands of General Manager Jerry Dipoto, but the pitcher appeared to solidify hi...