MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports the Phillies have signed former-All Star outfielder Bobby Abreu to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Abreu, who turns 40 in March, sat out 2013 but played in the Venezuelan League where he hit .322/.416/.461 with three home runs, 28 RBIs, and 30 walks in 50 games. He really made his money in Venezuela in 15 playoff games where he hit .464/.549/.982 with eight home runs, 26 RBIs, and 12 walks in 56 at-bats.
The former All-Star outfielder spent nine seasons in Philadelphia hitting 195 home runs, driving in 814 RBIs, drawing 947 walks (good for second in franchise-history behind Mike Schmidt while batting .303/.416/.513.
Originally I thought this was a terrible idea but the more I thought about it and thought about the need for a lefty bat off the bench, it started to make sense. He does something that very few players on the Phillies do well: draw walks. Abreu sees pitches and that could benefit the team and the younger players.
But, in the same breath, Abreu was out of baseball in 2013 and really declined in his last three years between the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers.
And, as is the case with virtually everyone, he turns 40 in March so he fits the bill for the Phillies age requirement.
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