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You know, Ruben Amaro isn’t exactly wrong about Bobby Abreu

Jan 23, 2014, 3:08 PM EDT

You know, Ruben Amaro Jr. isn’t exactly wrong about the Bobby Abreu signing. It is virtually a “no risk” situation where the team doesn’t have to add him to the roster out of spring training. He has been playing quite well in Venezuela. And Abreu could fill the left-handed bat off the bench need.

That said, it’s still increeeeeddddibllly weird to think Bobby Abreu could be back with the Phillies in 2014.

  1. DLo34 - Jan 23, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Yes, but this looks like an even more questionable call when 31 year old Grady Sizemore signs with the Red Sox the same day for $750,000 on a Major League deal. No risk, marginal reward for a 39 year old Abreu on a split contract, whereas Sizemore has limited $750,000 risk and big upside with a 31 year old player IF he is healthy. Just because Amaro wasn’t wrong, does not mean that he was right.

    • BluJax - Jan 23, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      At the end of the day, I’d lean towards Abreu if he really looked good down in Venezula. He’s healthy, he’s productive, and he’s cheap. Sizemore’s injury issues the past couple of years are too much of a chance, even for the $750K. Sizemore gets hurt, you’re back to square one for that lefty benchwarmer.

  2. charlie d - Jan 23, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Why waste time on a washed-up 39 year old player? Seriously, the entire management structure of the Phillies should be spending their time on making valuable changes to the team, not wasting time on a player that is maximum 1 year with minimal return.

    • LCC - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      Raul Ibanez.

    • Simmonds17 - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      A lefty pinch-hitter, DH for interleague play with a .400 OBP actually could be quite valuable. I think this is one of the smartest moves ANY team made this offseason

  3. lew - Jan 23, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    now we have a defensive replacement in rt field in late innings…ha ha

  4. ochospantalones - Jan 23, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    The upside is maybe he’ll be productive for a couple months before he tests positive; after that they don’t even have to pay him!

  5. Mike - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    Yes, it is wrong for a 90+ loss team to waste time on a 39 yr old player, that had a decent stint in Venezuela. Being old and terrible is far worse than being young and terrible. There is zero chance that Abreu has a future, where as, bringing in someone ten years younger would at least mean there’s a slight chance of upside.

    • Narc - Jan 24, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      Dude, this team isn’t about improving for the next few years. It’s about riding out the exisiting contracts and plugging cheap labor into open spots. If they hit 80-85 wins a season, it’s considered gravy.

      • Mike - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        This team has no shot of winning 80-85 games. There’s absolutely no reason to ride out contracts and not still try and improve. If this is trying (not specifically Abreu), Ruben should just quit now.
        He’s burrying this organization in more ways than on the field. They are so far behind the curve on scouting and advanced stats, that it’s going to take half a decade to even recover or catch up to the quality teams in MLB.

  6. Scott B - Jan 24, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Just because Rube says it – “He has been playing quite well in Venezuela” doesn’t mean its true.

    So what is quite well?

    • Narc - Jan 24, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      Media has been reporting that he’s been “tearing up” the Venezuela league. A few quotes (

      “Abreu has been tearing up the Venezuelan Winter League with a .322/.416/.461 triple-slash in 180 regular season plate appearances. And as impressive as Abreu was during the winter league’s regular season, his postseason stats were even more eye-opening. Abreu slashed .464/.549/1.214 (with eight home runs) in 56 playoff at-bats, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweets.”

      “As’s Jim Salisbury reported earlier, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. had heard “decent reports on [Abreu]” coming out of Venezuela, leading to the club’s interest. According to Amaro, the club was “looking at all the left-handed bats still out there and he’s one of them.” It remains to be seen, of course, whether the Phils will nevertheless look to add another left-handed bench option in addition to Abreu.”

      “The Phillies apparently had competition in landing Abreu. As Crasnick reports, the Mets and Indians were both interested in the veteran’s services, as was a Japanese club.”

  7. dmtshooter - Jan 24, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    A small question: is the water you carry for the club heavier or lighter than ordinary water, and on a scale of 1 to 10, how much sewage is in it?

    Signing a 39-year-old player to a minor-league contract is an admission that you have no plan at all for developing talent, and no ability to complete the basic requirements of your job. The fact that you are doing it for a team that did not contend in one of the weakest divisions last year, and was startlingly old to boot, is grounds for the fan base to avoid your club until there is a GM change. And considering how long they’ve left this asshat in charge, perhaps an ownership one as well.


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