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Bobby Abreu Ready To Compete For Bench Role For Philadelphia Phillies

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Christopher Hanewinckel-USA Today Sports

Bobby Abreu has been away from MLB since 2011. He is making his return this season with the Philadelphia Phillies. Abreu arrived at Clearwater early and is not wasting time trying to make the Opening Day roster. At almost 40-years old, Abreu is ready to show he still has what it takes to play.

Many people criticized the signing of Abreu. They believe that the Phillies should have signed a younger player, but there is no guarantee that Abreu is going to make the team as he signed a minor league deal. However, Abreu is ready to prove people wrong.

To get ready for his comeback, Abreu decided to play winter ball in his home country of Venezuela. His numbers there were proof of why he should still be playing. In 50 games, he had an average of .322. He had 28 RBIs. In 15 games during the postseason, Abreu cranked out eight home runs. If he makes the team and has those numbers, he would certainly help the Phillies.

Abreu is also certain that he is back and is able to compete. Those numbers show that he can still hit. He believes that he can still steal bases at his age, which is a good ability to have on the bench.

Abreu loves the game of baseball. He isn’t ready to retire just yet. With his numbers this winter, he shouldn’t have to. He has the attitude, mindset and talent to make the Phillies’ roster after Spring Training. It would be great to see him officially back with the Phillies.

Rebekah is a Philadelphia Phillies writer for Rantsports. Follow her on Twitter and Google+