Confirming rumors from just a few hours ago that the two sides were in talks with each other, the Philadelphia Phillies have indeed signed left-handed hitting outfielder Bobby Abreu to a minor league deal with an invite to major league spring training. The news was first reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Abreu will give manager Ryne Sandberg a left handed hitting option off of the bench in the later innings. Heyman reports that the deal is worth $800,000, but that Abreu isn’t in this for the money.
The Venezuelan last played in the Majors in 2012 for the Los Angeles Dodgers, playing in 92 games with a .246/.361/.344 slash line with 3 homers and 19 RBI. According to Jerry Crasnick of CSN Philly, Abreu had been in talks with the New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, and a team in Japan before agreeing to terms with his old team.