Philadelphia Phillies Adding Bobby Abreu Isn’t Just Signing Another Old Guy

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The Philadelphia Phillies are still looking to make improvements to their lineup. They continue to look at pitchers along with players who can provide offense. One of those players that the Phillies just announced they are interested in is Bobby Abreu, and he will be returning to the club.

Abreu is a very familiar face within the Phillies’ organization. He joined the team in 1998 and was traded in 2006. Abreu was the team’s right fielder and was a great offensive player. The downside was he was slow in the field. Abreu isn’t known for running after the ball which makes it seem as if he’s lazy.

Abreu left the Phillies and went to two more clubs. The last time he played in the Majors was in 2012 with Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers. He may have moved around but his offense stayed consistent. In 2012 with the Dodgers, Abreu had an average of .246 in 92 games. He had 48 hits and 19 RBI.

Many might question why the Phillies want someone who hasn’t played in the Majors in 2013, but Abreu has never given up. He is currently playing winter baseball down in Venezuela making a name for himself. His average this winter is .322 with 28 RBI and three home runs. What’s surprising about this is that he’s is 39-years-old.

The Phillies have signed a few veterans this offseason and have gotten criticized for it. They probably will get criticized for this as well, but Abreu is performing well. He isn’t underachieving and just going out on the field for nothing. He still has talent left in him and deserves to use it.

The Phillies are interested in Abreu as a left-handed bat. He may not get to play the outfield, but he will be a pinch-hitter and fill-in when needed. I think it is great to have Abreu back.

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