Bobby Abreu is looking to make a return to Major League Baseball and may have the opportunity to do so with his former club.
Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly is reporting that Ruben Amaro, Jr. and company are indeed investigating the possibility of using Abreu as a left-handed pinch hitter. Abreu will be going into his age-40 season. He took 2013 off from the Majors to rest, but played in the Venezuelan league in the winter, batting .322 with 3 homers, 28 RBI, and a .877 OPS in 50 games.
In nine seasons with Philadelphia, Abreu hit .303 with 195 HR in 1,353 games. Amaro said that his scouts have looked at Abreu while in Venezuela.
We’re looking at all the left-handed bats still out there and he’s one of them…Bobby has had a nice winter season. We have decent reports on him…We’ll see whether he’s a viable option.
The Phillies would likely have to sign Bobby Abreu on a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. The Phillies’ average age in 2013 was just over thirty years old; with the additions of Marlon Byrd, Roberto Hernandez, Tony Gwynn, and Carlos Ruiz into the potential lineup, that looks to increase.