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Bobby Abreu did not make the Phillies

Mar 26, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

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Jim Salisbury of reports that the Phillies informed Bobby Abreu he will not be on the Opening Day roster, ending his comeback attempt with the team he played for from 1998-2006.

Abreu hit .263 with 10 walks for a nifty .429 on-base percentage in 16 games this spring, showing that his eye at the plate remains outstanding even if most of his other skills have deteriorated.

He can’t really run, play defense, or hit for power anymore, but Abreu could still probably do a decent job as a pinch-hitter for another NL team. Of course, that’s a very limited role and he’s a 40-year-old who didn’t play in the majors at all last season, so this might be the end of the line.

  1. lukedunphysscienceproject - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Um….ok I’ll say it.

    They were looking for more than that out of him? What exactly did they think he was going to do?

    • bleedgreen - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      Probably nothing. It was probably a ‘favor’ to invite him to spring training so he could show off to other teams that he could still play. He was never going to make the team short of MASS injuries in the field.

  2. sotehpr - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Im not surprised at all…

  3. tfbuckfutter - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Chime on Phillies! What do you have against the younger players like Bobby?

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:41 PM


      Stupid swipe texting.

  4. drush127 - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    An AL team in need of a DH might give him a shot…

    • whatacrocker - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      May sound good in theory, but unlikely in practice, because:

      1. There are only 15 AL teams

      2. Several of those are very well set at DH (Red Sox, Royals, etc.)

      3. Quite a few more use the DH slot as a means of keeping bats in the lineup while still giving a “day off” (Yankees, Rangers, Tigers, etc.)

      4. There are a fair number of “decent hitters on their last legs” players out there; far more than there are remaining DH spots.

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Mar 26, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      Jim Thome would still be a better option then Abreu.

    • hittfamily - Mar 27, 2014 at 6:25 AM

      AL teams carry an extra reliever and one fewer hitter than NL teams. They don’t have room for a platoon DH who can’t play the field. Excluding the backup catcher role, there are only 4 bench players on an AL team, whereas there is 5 on an NL team. He’d be much better suited in the NL.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Too young?

    • dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:24 PM

      They told him not to come back until he has an AARP card

  6. braddavery - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Meanwhile, some 31 year-old middle infielder will hit .220 with 1 HR and a .285 OBP will play 150+ games this season…

    • jerze2387 - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      When abreu can play 2b or ss, or any fielding position for that matter, let me know

      • braddavery - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        Why would I do that.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:34 PM

        If you hadn’t whiffed on the punctuation I might have upthumbed that.

      • jerze2387 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        Im lucky i got it as close as i did as far as punctuation considering it was typed with fat thumbs on a tiny phone screen keyboard

  7. felser - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    There is precendent for this. Manny Mota hit .358 combined his last four consecutive years with the Dodgers, never below .300 any of those years, but they still needed to release him because he was 42 years old and couldn’t do anything else on a baseball field apart from slapping singles. I understand why they brought Abreu in, as he seemed to have magically found his power stroke in Winter Ball, but it never translated to spring training pitching. Better to open at bats for a younger player.

    • braddavery - Mar 26, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      This all makes sense and on a team by team basis, not every team needs his bat. But some team DOES need his bat, that’s just a fact. But will he be signed? Probably not… because of his age. I would rather watch a 40+ year-old with a .750+ OPS than some crummy 28 year old who hits 25 homeruns but has an OPS of .650 because he can’t get on base. The value of Abreu’s bat is worth more than some other players’ lesser age.

    • yahmule - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      Manny Mota had an OBP of .521 in 1977.


    • dinofrank60 - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      At 76, Manny Mota is a better hitter than Abreu.

  8. braddavery - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    To put things into perspective, in 2012, Abreu’s last and worst ML season, he had a WAR of 0.00 in 257 plate appearances. There were 6 qualifying DHs in the Majors in 2013 with at least 257 PAs with a lower WAR than that. Of those qualifying DHs from 2013, Abreu has a higher OPS in THIS Spring Training than 11 of them have at this very moment! Now tell me how this guy doesn’t belong in the Majors SOMEWHERE in 2014. Clearly he has put in his work and is back to his ’09-’10 form.

    • braddavery - Mar 26, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      My point is, there is ageism in MLB and it sucks for the fans.

      • braddavery - Mar 26, 2014 at 7:44 PM

        And I said OPS, not WAR.

      • braddavery - Mar 26, 2014 at 7:45 PM

        Wrong reply. Navigation on this site blows.

    • jwbiii - Mar 26, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      Hmm. I only count three:,d

      Michael Young retired, Delmon Young is on a minor league contract, and Jesus Montero was optioned, so none of them have MLB jobs either.

      • braddavery - Mar 26, 2014 at 7:36 PM

        2013, not 2012.

      • jwbiii - Mar 26, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        Fair enough. I glossed over the year. I thought it more reasonable to compare Abreu’s last season in the majors with DHs who did worse in that season. It’s more of the same, really. Lance Berkman and Travis Hafner retired, Carlos Pena was released, and Delmon Young is heading to Norfolk. This leaves us with only Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko, the White Sox’ two headed designated disaster. Konerko only has the job because he’s been the face of the franchise and the White Sox front office made it his choice to come back for another season. I suspect this was Reinsdorf’s call and not Hahn’s, but I don’t know that.

    • ryanrockzzz - Mar 27, 2014 at 7:41 AM

      Maybe an A.L. team will still pick him up. I don’t think any N.L. teams want him turning routine singles into triples out in field, kinda like he did yesterday….

  9. penguins87and71 - Mar 26, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Phillies Suck!

    • craigssideburns - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      yo momma

  10. yahmule - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Bigger gut on this guy than you normally see in a pro athlete.

  11. dinofrank60 - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Since he can’t run, hit for power or play defense, but draws walks, then don’t walk him. Make him swing the bat.

  12. NYTolstoy - Mar 27, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    So what’s the deal was he not offered a minor league deal? Did they just release him?

  13. campcouch - Mar 27, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Man I should have stuck with little league!

  14. straightouttavtown - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    The ageism in MLB is in full swing. I would rather have Abreu as my corner outfielder than Mark Trumbo and his sub .300 OBP.

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