Phillies Bring Back Bobby Abreu
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies have agreed to a deal with Bobby Abreu to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Heyman reports that Abreu will receive a salary of $800,000 if he makes the Phillies.
Earlier today, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com was hearing from multiple baseball sources that the Phillies were "sniffing around" on Abreu.
This Phillies sent out an press release to confirm the signing.
Abreu, 39, did not play affiliated ball in 2013 but he hit .322 with three homers, 28 RBIs and a .877 OPS in 50 games in the Venezuelan league this winter and was looking to make a comeback in the majors - the Phillies came calling.
The Phillies are considering him as a lefty bench bat.
The soon-to-be 40-year-old spent parts of nine seasons with Philadelphia from 1998 to 2006, batting .303 with a .416 on-base percentage, 348 doubles, 195 home runs and 814 RBI in 1,353 games with the Phillies. He was traded to the New York Yankees as part of a six-player deal prior to the trade deadline in 2006.
A two-time All-Star (2004-05), Abreu has collected 2,437 career hits, 287 home runs, 1,349 RBI and 399 stolen bases over 17 seasons between the Houston Astros (1996-97), Phillies, Yankees (2006-08), Los Angeles Angels (2009-12) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2012). He ranks 22nd in baseball history in walks (1,456) and 23rd in doubles (565). Abreu was originally signed by the Astros as an amateur free agent in 1990 out of Aragua, Venezuela.