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Abreu Will Not Make Phillies Roster

Posted by Pat Egan, Wed, March 26, 2014 05:23 PM | Comments: 10
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According to the Phillies, Bobby Abreu did not make the Phillies opening day roster. Abreu, who signed a minor league deal with an invite to spring training back in January, was attempting a comeback after spending a year out of baseball.

Abreu originally had an opt out date of today, but agreed Tuesday to push the date back to this Sunday. At 40 years old, the former Gold Glove outfielders’ range has diminished considerably. At this point in his career he would be nothing more than a lefty bat off the bench.

In 17 games this spring (41 AB) Abreu hit .244 with an OBP of .404. It is unknown at this time whether or not Abreu would be willing to report to the minors. Final rosters have to be in by 3 PM EST on Sunday.

Many fans were outraged when Amaro signed Abreu back in January, as it made an old team even older, but this was a move to see what the former All Star had left in the tank. Abreu had a rough day in RF today, making the decision to let him go easier. I think the Abreu signing ended as expected. At this point in his career Abreu is a defensive liability and best suited for a bench spot on an AL team.

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  • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

    Depending on how the bench plays out, I still think abreu is a good option to have, he knows how to work the count and get on base and late in the game we need base runners.

    I question this move

     
  • Posts: 0 Jebidiah Atkinson

    If this was 2009 I’d definitely agree. If this was an AL team I “might” agree (contingent on the rest of the 25 man roster). Unfortunately for Bobby, this is 2014 and the Phillies still play in the NL.

    The Phillies are not good enough to waste a roster spot on a guy who can only pinch hit.

     
    • Posts: 2993 Chuck A.

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      I agree. It would be Jim Thome and, to some extent, Ross Gload all over again. Great off the bench but that’s about it. At least Gload could play some first base. Thome was shot defensively.

       
    • Posts: 0 wbramh

      Jebidiah – My opinion on cutting Abreu lies somewhere between yours and Hogeys.

      While the player is no longer Abreu version 2009 the team is no longer the Phillies version 2009. Hence, there is something to be said for keeping a player whose OBP is higher than most of the players on current team. The team’s runs-per-game numbers have been dropping like a rock for the past three years. If the trend continues this season Ryno is going to ask everybody to hog the plate and try to get hit by pitches as often as possible.

      But to your point, it’s hard to justify keeping as unidimensional a player as a 40-year-old Abreu on any team – perhaps even including an American League club because he probably falls short as an ideal DH these days, as well. He’s certainly no 40-year-old “Papi.”

      The sad thing is that the team even has had to consider the 40-year-old Abreus out there or the MiniMarts or Casper Wells or John McDonald or Roger Bernadino. At least Abreu had a past. The other guys sitting on their bench haven’t had a past, present or future.

       
      • Posts: 0 George

        Let’s have a little perspective here. Are the Phils the only team that has to consider these players? The answer is a resounding NO. McDonald currently has a Major League roster spot. Martinez was invited to ST by one of last years PLAYOFF teams, and those others have been considered for spots by other teams.

        There’s not a team around that doesn’t at least consider fringe players. There’s not a team around that doesn’t invite seeming has-beens and ne’er-do-wells to ST or search the waiver wires throughout the season. And the odd thing is, some of thse players actually make an impact. Remember when the Phils’ bullpen had Scott Eyre and J.C. Romero? They had both been released by their former teams. Remember when they hauled Pedro Martinez out of retirement when no one else seemed to want him?

         
  • Posts: 5226 Lefty

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    Bobby looks like coaching material to me. I’d love to see him working with the hitters from the team with the 5th worst OBP last year. (including that embarrassing series agains the Reds where they didn’t walk at all) He might be able to teach these guys some discipline, and as a bonus, maybe even improve their hitting by making pitchers throw them the pitches they want to swing at.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    I have to prety much concur with wb on the Abreu thing.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Hello, Thursday, as Ray Gilmore used to say before an open mike at 9-nine Radio Roll. Another day in front of us, another day in the now somewhere around 19,000 days in a row I’ve had to confess to being a baseball fan.

    And in that long string of connection, my oh my has the game changed. Pitchers wins are considered a sin, old video of no instant replay is days away from advancing from fan benefit to game decider, and not above all else, but on the list is they just don’t make baseball hierarchy like they used to.

    Gone are the days where a Gene Mauch would waste a dish of spare ribs on redecorating the Houston clubhouse. Don’t nobody remember what Mauch said, just that he flung ribs with the same purpose as a Sal Maglie brushback pitch.

    Now, the key is the verbalization.

    As we wind through the waning days of roster cuts, with bubble types on more edge than a murderer feels when the judge asks the jury if they’ve reached a verdict, and the answer is yes, it’s not enough for players to fret over cutdown, but NOW, they also face dealing with what will be said after they be sliced.

    Cases in point. In alphabetical order, no less, leastwise if A as in Abrieu precedes S as in Sterling Joe Blanton.

    It wasn’t enough that Bobby Abrieu had a storybook baseball career by common man standards that he could leave gracefully. Ryne Sandberg, who set public relations back 85 seasons with a simple “no comment” earlier this spring, dabbled in a seemingly sarcastic “I wanted to see Bobby play right field, and I got to see it” in response to Abrieu’s imitation of Delmon Young yesterday. Timex reports that cut and comment parlay was 57 minutes after Abrieu played right field, and he was a former Phil for the 2nd time.

    The case of Sterling Joe was more classic, or as Roy Halladay might say, more classicer.
    Reports of Sterling’s Angelic departure said he was “granted” his release. Scuse me. Granted? But then came the right jab after that left hook. Jerry Dipoto, Angels GM offered a historic perspective of Blanton’s Angel days by summing up Joe’s signing as a mistake that he was personally responsible for. This morning, Sterling is expected to wake up outstung by that nasty shot than the 8.5 mil the Angels still owe him, which, I might add, is part of the 27 mil the Halos will combined pay Blanton and Vernon Wells NOT to play for them. The same dollar amount the Houston Disastros paid their collective team TO play for them a year removed.

    I guess I miss graceful termination. But, alas, maybe we’ll see an example of that as roster cutdown enters its final 72 hours.

     
  • Posts: 0 c. schreiber

    Thank you Jesus..

     
  • Posts: 0 RON TINI

    THIS TEAM S GO N NOWHERE, LET THE YOUNG KIDS PLAYOUT THE SEASON, WE STILL HAVE NO HITTING AND THE SEATS WILL BE EMPTY AFTER THE FIRST MONTH

     
 
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