If there was a fan club assigned to the Philadelphia Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. I would most definitely not be a part of it. Anyone that knows anything about me knows that I am not fond of what Amaro has done with the Phillies over the last few years. They are an old team that seems to be willing to simply get older. To fix matters they went out and signed a minor league deal with 40-year old Bobby Abreu; wow.
Before we collectively roll our eyes at this move however let us examine it a little closer. It hasn’t been that long since Abreu was active in Major League Baseball as he did see some playing time with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012. He has been actively playing baseball in his native Valenzuela so there isn’t going to be a lot of rust on him. After all he isn’t going to be an everyday starter or anything.
On top of all of that stuff Abreu has been annihilating the baseball for a while now. His slash-line during Winter Leagues was .322/.416/.461 which is fairly pretty darn good wouldn’t you say? Take a look at his slash-line during the playoffs however of .464/.549/1.214. Now add 8 home runs to that and realize that it was through only 56 at-bats.
Even if you assume that any numbers in that league would be nearly halved when placed into MLB, which isn’t nearly the standard truth, this would still put Abreu in as a quality bench power bat. The only question then is what they did about money. Well it is a minor league deal with a spring training invite so nothing is guaranteed apparently. He will get a cool $800K if he breaks camp with the team.
Never let it be said that I don’t give Amaro a fighting chance in the way of my opinion of his moves. There is really nothing at all wrong with this one. In fact, if Abreu could produce some bench power for such a small amount, it would be nearly a genius move considering the Phillies financial situation. I like this all the way around.
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