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UPDATE: The Phillies sign Bobby Abreu

Jan 21, 2014, 2:28 PM EDT

UPDATE: It’s on. It’s on like Donkey Kong:


Who says you can’t go home again?

2:28 PMJim Salisbury of reports on a possible reunion of old friends:

The Phillies, still looking for a left-handed bat to come off the bench, are “sniffing around” on Bobby Abreu, multiple baseball sources tell

Abreu has not played in the bigs since 2012 — and he stunk then — but he’s been putting up big numbers this offseason in the Venezuelan Winter League, hitting .322 with three homers, 28 RBIs and a .877 OPS in 50 games. He’s probably worth a look in camp, especially considering all it will take is a minor league invite to get him to Clearwater.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Jan 21, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    This is going to make Cespedes BBQ so happy.

  2. cackalackyank - Jan 21, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Do these guys think they are about to invent a time machine?

    • unclemosesgreen - Jan 21, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      Who says RAJ doesn’t use advanced scouting metrics? In this case, he’s clearly scouting by flux capacitor. What’s more advanced than that?

      • km9000 - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        He’s getting ready to bet it all on the Cubs next year.

  3. chacochicken - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    This was the back up plan when the couldn’t talk Kruk out of retirement.

    • chacochicken - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      Plan C, I just heard that the work-release program with Lenny Dykstra didn’t pan out.

      • bleedgreen - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        And Dutch couldn’t get cleared medically.

    • bleedgreen - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      I heard Dykstra was interested, but couldn’t get work release.

  4. schmedley69 - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    The Phillies Golden Era began when Pat Gillick traded Abreu at the end of the 2006 season, so it’s only fitting that Amaro has officially ended that era by bringing him back. Symmetry.

    • xmatt0926x - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      As a Phillies fan, I can’t add anything that would do a better job of describing the heinous mess that is Ruben Amaro then what schmedley69 just posted. It really is total symmetry. It’s almost insanely genius, but very sad at the same time.

    • scotttheskeptic - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      Oh so true, and very well stated. The difference for me is that I was a Season Ticket holder in 06, but I will not be in 14.

  5. chaseutley - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    With a roster full of “if he can stay healthy” guys, the Phillies’ next signing can only be Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
    C’mon, Jane! We’ll even let you hock your crappy Open Hearts jewelry in our gift store. It’s a win-win. Whatdya say?

    • pbastille - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      We call that the Loch Ness Monster pendant in our house. BTW, I hit the stupid Report Comment button. Sorry, no foul intended. Unfortunately not the first time I’ve done that….

      • ditto65 - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        It’s the “Hanging Ass” in our parts.
        And I did not hit the “report comment” button, accidentally or otherwise.

    • scatterbrian - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      Wow, is Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman the most relevant doctor in pop culture? When did she pass Quincy, or Trapper John, MD?

      • jerze2387 - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:34 PM

        …or House.

  6. mdpickles - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Bobby Abreu is the only baseball player in history to never make contact with an outfield wall. This signing is stunning!.

  7. ochospantalones - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    I hope they sign Jim Eisenreich next.

    This may be a stealthy good move if they can get a couple of productive months out of Abreu before he tests positive. Then they don’t even have to pay him!

  8. rbj1 - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    I heard Yogi is available.

  9. tfbuckfutter - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    How many times do you suppose RAJ has had to be told this: I’m afraid all of those players have retired and, uh… passed on. In fact, your right-fielder has been dead for a hundred and thirty years.

  10. floriojr - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    You really can’t make this stuff up.

  11. P-Frank - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    With this signing I think I’ve finally figured Ruben out…he just wants to stack the Phillies’ deck in time for the Old-Timers Game.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Will the Yankees or the Phillies have the oldest roster? Hope they play in inter-league competition this season.

      • P-Frank - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        The Phils & Yanks are only playing a few Grapefruit games in March, PC, none during the regular season.

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 23, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        Thank you.

  12. pheagles - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Hmmm… Vernon Wells…..nope not old enough. We need older…

    • mkat33 - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      How about H.G. Wells?

  13. xmatt0926x - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    My existence now as a Phillies fan is reduced to waiting for Amaro to make yet another embarrassing move and then coming to Harballtalk to read everyone’s clever comments mocking said move. Thanks for all you’ve done, Ruben.

  14. mfink7 - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Ehh…I’d rather have Abreu than Vernon Wells. At least he can take a walk.

    • bravojawja - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      Judging from Philly fans’ reactions, they’d rather he take a hike.


  15. uyf1950 - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    All these announcements are bringing back my early years and the TV show:Mr Peabody and the Wayback Machine. Looks like the Phillies are going “wayback”.

  16. jbink2585 - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Since the last out of the Game 5 loss to the cards in the NLDS it has become harder and harder to not laugh at what the Phillies have become. All thanks to the standford grad we call RAJ. He has constantly failed on his signings IE; Polonco, Delmon Young, Pap etc. Im not even going to start on his in house extension he has rewarded our players with. He has single handedly turned our once perennial Contending team into the Laughing stock of the NL East. He want to feed us that when healthy we are contenders. Our teams Pen is a pathetic mess and all he added was brad licnoln to a pen that blew more leads than any other team in the League, and then he expects us to bank on core players in there mid to late 30′s to find a way to stay healthy, give me a break.RAJ you have ruined my summers for the last 2 years and after seeing this offseason crop I can now call it 3 because 2014 Phillies closer resemble a slow pitch softball team then a Playoff contender perhaps you will get the picture WHEN you see more and more blue seat at CBP.#FIRE RUBEN#Abreu perfectly symbolize your tenure TRAINWRECK

    • ditto65 - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      I remember not so long ago he was compared (favorably) to a Ninja,

    • missingdiz - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      Stanford, huh? I had no idea. Makes it even funnier. Go Bears!

  17. jimw81 - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    RAJ thought he could get away with this signing while everyone in the city is trying to get home in the middle of a blizzard.Nice try.

  18. nymets4ever - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    If the Rays got him, everyone would be talking about how it’s yet another shrewd pickup by Friedman that nobody saw coming, and how Abreu is poised to have this great bounceback year…

    • unclemosesgreen - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      You really are a tiresome fool.

      • nymets4ever - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:23 AM

        If you’re so tired, why not go to bed? And preferably don’t wake up, haha

      • unclemosesgreen - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:27 AM


  19. fbwangus8736 - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Veron Wells seen at Philly Airport today! The last of the over age 35 free agents left for RAJ to sign!

  20. Francisco (FC) - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    It’s a minor league deal. Like the Chad signing. None of these guys are actually guaranteed anything before Spring Training is over.

    I remember Yuni given a spring invite and the Phillies cut him before he could inflict his .596 OPS on them.

  21. mikeyhigs - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Ruin Tomorrow Jr. strikes again

  22. drs76109 - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Maybe we need “no doubles” Wheeler back…

  23. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Never seen so much thought process wasted over a minor league contract.

    The Phillies have problems. This neither helps nor hurts anything. I doubt he will make the team, and if he does, I doubt he will stick around. And if he does, I am sure he will have earned ¼ of a MLB salary

    • clemente2 - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      C’mon Delaware, let us joke.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        Fair enough – I suppose I was letting the facts turn me into the “fun cop”. So to atone:

        This was clearly a move to later make a trade and get kevin stocker back

  24. realgone2 - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    How is Amaro still employed?

  25. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    When the Phillies find a way to win the World Series with a roster whose median age is 76.3-years-old, I’m not gonna, it’s going to be impressive and we’ll finally learn that Ruben Amaro has been a 6,000-year-old wizard the whole time.

    Now if only they could bring back Michael Young and Terry Mulholland to complete the puzzle.

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