Phillies bring back veteran Bobby Abreu

Phillies bring back veteran Bobby Abreu
January 21, 2014, 3:15 pm
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Bobby Abreu will be 40 on Opening Day and hasn't played in the major since 2012, but the former All-Star could be back on a roster very soon. After starring in winter ball down in Venezuela, Abreu has landed with the Philadelphia Phillies - his former team - on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Abreu played nine seasons for Philly (1998-2006) and enjoyed the prime of his career there. He made two All-Star teams, won a Gold Glove award and a Silver Slugger. He is expected to compete this time for a roster spot as a lefty bench bat, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly.

Abreu's last MLB go-around was rough and left questions about whether retirement is in his best interest. He played 100 games split between the Angels and Dodgers, hitting .242 while battling injuries. Prior to that, however, he played in at least 142 games for an incredible 14 straight seasons.

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The Phillies currently have plenty of pop from the left side in their lineup, but their bench is nearly all right-handed. Abreu could help balance out their reserve unit and add yet another experienced bat to their arsenal.

But at Abreu's age, one has to imagine how he'll fare in the National League. He did play 54 games in the outfield his last time in the majors in 2012, but was not the plus-defender he once was in his younger days.