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Bobby Abreu signs back with Phillies

Jan 21, 2014, 3:19 PM EDT

source:  Earlier in the day it was reported that the Phillies were “sniffing around” on Bobby Abreu as a left-handed bat off the bench. Well Ruben Amaro Jr. must have liked what El Comedulce was cooking down in Venezuela because CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman just reported that the two sides have agreed to a minor league deal bringing the right fielder back into the organization. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick later confirmed the signing.

As Jim Salisbury said in his initial report about the Phils’ interest, Abreu has been working hard in the Venezuelan league in an attempt to get back to the Bigs. It looks like he’ll get his shot with the team he made his bones with for nine years.

Abreu spent nine of his 17 big-league seasons with the Phillies before sitting out last season. He hit .322 with three homers, 28 RBIs and a .877 OPS in 50 games in the Venezuelan league this winter and is looking to make a comeback in the majors.

As someone tweeted a few moments ago, I don’t even know what to say about the Phillies any longer.


  1. willh888 - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Abreu’s first career at bat was against the St Louis Cardinals lead by their shortstop Ozzie Smith. This is a true story.

    • dubeedubeedu - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Ozzie Smith’s first career at bat was against the San Fransisco Giants led by Willie McCovey and
      Willie McCovey’s first career at bat was against the Phillies and he went 4 for 4 against Robin Roberts who’s first game was against the Pirates led by Dixie Walker who’s first career at bat was against the Washington Senators with Heinie Manush in LF.

      That’s it. I had to go that far to get to Heinie Manush but it was worth it just to write Heinie Manush. True story.

  2. Beardy - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Even though they claim minor league deal, we all know the plan is to have him eventually start by the end of the year while Rube is telling us what a great signing it was and how we’re totally and completely ready for the playoffs in 2015.


  3. Mark432 - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Another move to potentially not have Ruf on the team. I’m sure the “but look at Abreu’s numbers…” people will be here soon, but I’m so sick of these signings. Get Rube out of here.

  4. ochospantalones - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    I hope they sign Jim Eisenreich next.

  5. DaBag - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Did he ever do it for the money? Alligator arms/legs is back.

  6. Bill - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:57 PM


    • sfsu - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      To quote Shane Stant: “money”

  7. RF wall - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:01 PM


  8. BenE. - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    The last time Bobby put on a Phillies uniform, the 4 megapixel camera used to take that photo was taking the market by storm.

  9. Jason R. - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Signing Bobby Abreu in 2014 is NOT the Phillies worst move of the offseason.

    Let that sink in.

  10. sfsu - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Every Phillies fan: “We need someone who walks.”

    Phillies sign someone who walks.

    “Bad move”

    • BenE. - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:43 AM

      We meant someone who can talk a base on balls, not someone who can’t run.

      • sfsu - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        Abreu can do 1 of those 2; Howard can do 0, for about 30x the price.

  11. G_E - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    81 old timers games at Senior Citizens Bank ballpark this summer.

    Just need to get Pat the Bat back and we have the 2004 outfield back together.

    I wonder what Randy Ready is doing these days.

  12. Bobby Abreu - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Me no speaki anglais.

  13. death from above - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Ruben Amaro

    I can’t excuse this type of behavior any more.

    You’re fired.

  14. Scott B - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Remember when we had Hunter Pence and Shane patrolling the outfield, only to trade them away for hard hitting future prospects.

    Pence goes on to charge up his SF Giants before every playoff game, ultimately winning the WS.

    Shane slumps as a rental in LA, only to ask the Phillies to take him back, which they refuse. He then leads the Sox to their own WS, says that his time in Philly was a special but Boston is totally different after the year they had.

    So what do we do in the meantime? We sign a CF who has NEVER hit a HR in organized baseball and Delmon Young whose weight is far above his BA. We also bank on Ruff working out and career minor leaguer Domonic Brown to shoulder all the weight of a franchise. This year we sign Marlon Byrd and now Bobby Abreu.

    But its ok because Amaro tells the world that he likes this team, he likes the guys and if they all play to their capabilities, we can make the playoffs.

    What happened to us?

    • sfsu - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      The problem was trading FOR Pence, not trading him away. And the Victorino trade would have been fine if RAJ re-signed him afterwards at the 3/39 bargain like he should have.

      • Scott B - Jan 22, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        Respect. but tell me how trading FOR him was the problem.

        All the guys we gave away are still minor league guys, right? with Cosart dabbling in the majors. None have shown they’re All-Star MLB guys or future every day starters.

    • Arc14 - Jan 22, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      Just trying to see if I can pick Amaro’s brain here and attempt to see if this is what the Phillies are doing.

      To be honest, I think the Phillies are looking at putting a “somewhat” competitive team out there in the hopes of winning that second wild card for the next three years. Amaro’s picking up low-quality guys who have potentional decent upsides (i.e., on the cheap, past experience), if they can perform a couple of years removed from their big days and if they can stay healthy.

      Come 2017, we’re in the final years on both Ruiz ($500,000) and Howard’s ($10M) contracts with Hamels being the only player on the books ($23.5M for 2017, 2018 & an option in 2019). You’ve got the Nationals who should, in all honesty, win the NL East. I think Atlanta is strong enough to win the first wild-card spot, which makes the Phillies on the edge of battling teams like Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, San Francisco for that final dancing spot.

      If that be the case, why not concede the next couple of years, pick up guys on the cheap, watch some of these heavy/past prime contracts ride off into the sunset, push this team for a 80-85 win season and turn the focus back on youth? Start anew in a few years, see what you have in the burner on the farm and spend the cash on those big-name free agents that are young, hungry and looking for a potential contender.

      That’s the only thing I can thing that Amaro and company are attempting to do at this point. It makes sense, like it or not.

      • galasso2586 - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:24 AM

        He won’t do that because of the big TV contract coming at the end of 2015. He wants to trot out mediocre teams that are vying for a playoff spot so that he can get more viewers on TV and get more people into the stadium thus raising the price of that TV contract. Once they get the new deal we’ll see a turn towards the future. Until then we’ll have hopefully 80-85 win teams.

      • Arc14 - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        I think you’re right galasso2586 that the TV contract is playing a big factor into things, and the re-signings of Rollins, Utley, Ruiz, Hamels, etc. are key into bringing in those revenues, either by filling seats on a nightly basis, through national attention on name recognition or through merchandise sales. These are the guys who won this city a World Series and their names carry a heavy tone throughout MLB that validates the worth of that contract, regardless of overall wins or losses.

        Once that TV deal is completed and the contracts of this mix of overpaid players, players past their prime and players that haven’t lived up to expectations expire, this team will finally settle and Amaro will be faced with playing those young players that we’re spending the next few years developing as well as spending those bigger bucks on free agents. It’s just a matter if Amaro can ride the storm out and still be standing in 2017 and if he’s learned his lesson of picking up players on the verge of breakthroughs or getting value out of guys in their prime.

        We’ll see either way. That’s the only way I can see the upper-brass allowing this club to continue what’s it’s doing. They’re sticking to a long-term plan like that and sacrificing the short-term and popular opinion in the process.

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