Phillies Release Bobby Abreu
Bobby Abreu did not make the Phillies' Opening Day roster. The 40-year-old hit .257 (9-for-35) with nine walks and an .822 OPS in 15 games this spring. The Phillies signed Abreu this off-season because they were encouraged by his performance in the Venezuelan Winter League and viewed him as a potential left-handed bench bat.
In 50 games during the winter league regular season, Abreu hit 322 with three homers and 28 RBI.
The move leaves the Phillies without a left-handed bat off-the-bench and with Darin Ruf scheduled to miss the start of the start of the season leaves the Phillies bench very short-handed entering the season.
Right now, with Freddy Galvis out til late April, the Phillies have one switch-hitter and one lefty on-the-bench to fill the left-handed role; Cesar Hernandez and Tony Gwynn Jr.
The Phillies gave Abreu a chance to win a job as a left-handed bench bat, and with the American League Texas Rangers up first on the schedule its a minor surprise with all the injury problems that Abreu got released.
Expect the Phillies to search the bargain for a veteran lefty once teams set their 25-man rosters.
Abreu previously played with Philadelphia from 1997-2006.