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Bobby Abreu worked out for the Red Sox

Dec 31, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT

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Bobby Abreu worked out for the Red Sox in Venezuela recently, according to Alex Speier of

Speier also notes that they had Abreu do some reps at first base, where the 38-year-old has never played even an inning in 17 big-league seasons.

Mike Napoli‘s three-year, $39 million deal with the Red Sox remains unsigned, but even if that somehow falls apart it’d be a pretty big stretch to think they viewed Abreu as an actual fallback plan there.

As a potential bench bat, though, he still has some value thanks to strong on-base skills. Last season Abreu hit .242 with a .350 on-base percentage in 100 games for the Angels and Dodgers, and he’s posted an OBP above .350 in 15 consecutive seasons.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Not exactly sure where or what the Red Sox would do with Abreu. To quote MLBTR he’s a below average defender in the outfield. He has no professional experience at 1st base and with Ortiz doing virtually all of the DH’ing not much call for Abreu there. Looks to me like there is nothing to be had here for either party.

    • cackalackyank - Dec 31, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      Could they conceivably be thinking of Ortiz @1B and Abreau @DH….

      • uyf1950 - Dec 31, 2012 at 7:27 PM

        If they are, God help them.

      • tripleg3 - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:24 PM

        and sign manny back too

  2. giantssb42champs - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    One mans trash…

  3. bostonboy82 - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Oh great……

  4. pisano - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    It seems if a player is breathing the Sox are interested.

  5. cackalackyank - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    As long as Napoli’s agent read this story and it can be confirmed the Sawx are getting exactly what they need out of this…sorta like that story about LaRoche talking with them.

    • genericcommenter - Dec 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      True, but threats have to have some legitimacy to back them up. If I’m an agent and the team tells me instead of signing my 1B client, “Fine. We’ll just go out and sign Bobby Abreu to start there in 2013,” I’m doing all I can to avoid busting out laughing in their face.

      • cackalackyank - Dec 31, 2012 at 8:31 PM

        Oh very true…but that doesn’t mean they won’t be dumb enough to try.

  6. martysbetter - Dec 31, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Sign him for a year, who cares we aren’t winning in 2013 anyway.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jan 1, 2013 at 12:17 AM

      The problem is that signing him retards development of prospects.

      Which is why it is and always has been completely idiotic for them to have so many 30+ year olds like Darnell McDonald cluttering their AAA roster.

      And why the team has so little potential this year.

  7. joerymi - Jan 1, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Had a nice career, but is a below average player now. ZERO reason to sign him, unless the name is going to put asses in the seats…which it won’t.

  8. mazblast - Jan 1, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    The Red Sox front office appears to be completely clueless other than in a “throw sh** against the wall and see what sticks” way. Wasn’t it Known Wisdom just a few years ago that Theo and his staff were the smartest, most clever, and best-looking people in all of baseball? Or was ESPN lying to us?

  9. xjokerz - Jan 2, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    cant wait to see the blue jays and O’s represent the AL East for a while, about time.

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