Report: Phillies Sign Abreu to Minor League Deal

PHILS10-AThe Phillies are bringing back another former outfielder.

A source confirmed a report today the Phillies and Bobby Abreu have agreed to a Minor League contract, which can be worth $800,000 if he makes the team.

Abreu, who turns 40 in March, did not play in the big leagues last season, but he has played well in Winter Ball in Venezuela. He hit .322 with 10 doubles, three triples, three home runs and 28 RBIs in 180 plate appearances for Leones del Caracas. He has hit .464 with eight home runs in 15 games in the postseason.

Earlier this offseason the Phillies signed Marlon Byrd to a two-year, $16 million contract. Byrd and Abreu played together as regulars in the Phillies outfield in 2003-04.

Abreu is expected to compete for a bench job as the Phillies have been looking for a left-handed bat. He will be the favorite for that job. The Phillies also had been pursuing Lyle Overbay, and it is known they have liked Grady Sizemore in the past.

Abreu played for the Phillies from 1998-2006, and he ranks among the leaders in several offensive categories. Former Phillies general manager Pat Gillick traded Abreu and Cory Lidle to the Yankees in July 2006 for C.J. Henry, Jesus Sanchez, Carlos Monasterios and Matt Smith. The trade was little more than a salary dump as Gillick thought the clubhouse needed different chemistry. He later said moving Abreu allowed players like Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard to assert themselves as leaders.


Vernon Wells can’t be far behind.

I think Ruben’s next signing will either be Scott Rolen or Julio Franco.

I thought there was nothing left that Rube could do that would surprise me. But this. Good Lord…

Wait til Ruben signs himself as the backup center fielder.

Don’t get too worked up. He’s only competing for a spot. He’s not on the team yet. And if he does make the team, then that means he was better than everyone else.

Bringing back his fellow 1998 corner outfielder…

bad idea

I actually think this is an OK signing. No risk, possible high reward.

It sure does seem odd that this team somehow just keeps getting older. ???

Does Ruben Amaro Jr. have some sort of master plan that he is biding his time for down the road a couple seasons? (David Price & Giancarlo Stanton?)

If he doesn’t make the team ,he would make a great minor league coach helping the outfielding problems that need to be addressed,also might make a great hitting coach down there

RAJ recd the Medal of Merit from AARP.

There is something seriously wrong with RAJ. It is imperative that he is removed as GM of the Phillies. This is getting embarrassing!

why bring back a cancer in the club house when there are already rumblings of bad vibes in the clubhouse? I hope they aren’t going to play him instead of one of the kids. We need to get younger and actually see what we have youth wise while we aren’t serrious competitiors. This year should be about rebuilding, not reliving the past

Getting rid of him was addition by subtraction. Bringing him back is subtraction by addition.

UGH! This is the worst signing so far of the off season.

This one of those deals where he comes back for a day and retires as a Phillie. Right?


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