Mar 25, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bobby Abreu (53) works out prior to the game against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Opening Day 2014: Phillies to release Bobby Abreu

Mar 25, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies designator hitter Bobby Abreu (53) in the dugout against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

When MLB Opening Day 2014 rolls around for the Philadelphia Phillies, it will be missing one thing- Bobby Abreu.

The Phillies have announced that veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu will not make their team out of spring training. GM Ruben Amaro says that Abreu is still with the Phillies organization and is “weighing his options,” MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki tweets.

 

Abreu, 40, was attempting a comeback and hit .263/.429/.395 this spring, but he struggled defensively, and he hasn’t appeared in the big leagues since 2012 with the Angels and Dodgers.

He looked fairly good at the plate and showed that good eye that he has been known for, but it looked like father time had caught up to the former All-Star.

However he can barely run, play defense, or hit for power anymore, but Abreu could still probably do a decent job as a pinch-hitter for another National League team.

Of course, that’s a very limited role and he’s a 40-year-old who didn’t play in the majors at all last season, so this might be the end of the line for Abreu as I can’t imagine any team offering him a contract given how limited he is at this point of his career.

Its possible Amaro could offer Abreu a job in the front office after spring training ends.

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