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Dodgers cut Bobby Abreu to make room for Shane Victorino

Aug 1, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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Shane Victorino‘s arrival meant someone had to get the boot from the Dodgers’ roster today and they chose 38-year-old Bobby Abreu, designating him for assignment.

Abreu signed with the Dodgers after being released by the Angels in late April and got off to a strong start while seeing regular action in left field, but he’s hit just .178 in 37 games dating back to mid-June and would have been limited to pinch-hitting duties with Victorino starting in left field.

Still, with a .347 on-base percentage in 236 plate appearances overall this season Abreu isn’t totally devoid of value, so it’ll be interesting to see if he can find another big-league gig.

Oh, and there’s also this: It was Victorino who took over as the Phillies’ starting right fielder after they traded Abreu to the Yankees in mid-2006.

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Oakland?

  2. deathmonkey41 - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    TIme for Bobby to come back home to Philly. It’s the circle of life, Simba, the circle of life…

    • cleverbob - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      Warm body for 2 months at the veteran’s minimum – why not?

      • forthand26 - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        Because they need to see what the kids can do playing full time (Dom Brown and Mayberry). Chances are they suck, but it’s better than that wall coward out there.

      • cleverbob - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

        We’ve got a pretty good idea already what Mayberry can do, he’s no kid. But I forgot about Laynce Nix (inconceivably) being on the roster, so along with Mayberry, Brown, Pierre and Schierholtz I guess there’s no need for Abreu to hold the bench down.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:58 PM

        Dom Brown’s enough of a variable to have anything from Abreu rub off on him.

      • ultimatehitcoach - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:23 PM

        1st of all.. this ain’t the NFL, where you don’t get paid if you get cut. MLB contracts are guaranteed, so he’s getting paid by the last team holding his contract, regardless of whether he’s playing somewhere else or sitting on the couch at home. so his only shot is the AL, where he could DH for someone. if the dodgers can find a taker, maybe they can wangle a couple prospects or get the other team to pay a fraction of his pay. otherwise.. sayonara.

  3. blabidibla - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    I got a Dollar the giants pick him up as a bat off the bench.

    • deathmonkey41 - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      Too rich for my blood.

      • carlosruiz51 - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        Is this Bloods vs Crips??

  4. hisgirlgotburrelled - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Abreu is as scared of Victorino as he is the right field fence.

  5. Francisco (FC) - Aug 1, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    That’s TWICE Abreu has had to move out to give Victorino a chance to play. LOL.

  6. Mr. Jones - Aug 1, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Reblogged this on Sports w/ KJ.

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