Bobby Abreu was one of those talented Phillies players who was run out of town for not getting his uniform dirty enough.
Sept. 11, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Bobby Abreu against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Now, he is a pretty old, rundown player who seems to still be able to get on base and, if anything at all, would be best suited for a DH pasture somewhere in the sun. Naturally, his newfound availability will undoubtedly be a draw for Ruben Amaro. The novelty of signing Delmon Young has to be wearing off by now, and he needs to get his old, miscast signing fix any day now.
After taking a year off, Abreu seeks to begin his ascent back to whatever as a member of Venezuela’s Leones del Caracas in October. His agent told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that Abreu still thinks he can “help someone,” and “still think he has something left to offer,” and then mumbled really quickly, “andhehassomepersonalmilestones thatwouldprobablybenicetocross.” [Italics and lack of spaces to indicate comically fast cadence of speech mine].
With Jamie Moyer, Roy Oswalt, and now Abreu all available, the ex-Phillies veterans are assembling themselves into a smorgasbord of cheap, older, flawed, injury-risk talent that must be making Ruben Amaro’s mouth water. Though Vlad Guerrero is right up in Long Island if he’s really interested in this caliber of player.
In four years with the Angels (2009-12), he set a .267/.364/.412 line, and with his last team, the Dodgers, his decline continued to the tune of .246/.361/.344. He needs 13 homers to reach the 300 milestone that his agent hinted at.