According to a recent article on CBS Sports, 39-year-old Bobby Abreu will be returning to the Phillies. Abreu played with the Phillies from 1998-06 where he hit 303/.416/.513 (139 OPS+) with 195 homers and 254 stolen bases in 1,353 games.
Abreu signed a minor league contract and if he makes the team he will earn $800,000. He last played for the Angels and Dodgers back in 2012 hitting only three home runs in 100 games. The Phillies are expecting Abreu to come of the bench as a left-handed batter when needed.
We will have to wait and see if this deal pays off. From the looks of it, it seems a little bit odd that the Phillies would choose to sign Abreu who hasn’t played in nearly two years and is an older player at 39. The contract is cheap, but for that money they could have gotten a younger player with more of an upside. It’s nice to see that Abreu chose to come to the Phillies instead of other teams who were offering him more money. Maybe that’s a sign that he is ready to contribute! We will see.
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