According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Phillies on Tuesday agreed to a minor-league deal with Bobby Abreu, who turns 40 in March.
The Phillies will be giving Abreu a minor-league contract and a chance to make the big-league roster out of spring training. If he does make the club, he'll earn $800K, according to Heyman.
Abreu didn't play in the big leagues last season and batted .250/.352/.358 in 242 games with the Angels and Dodgers from 2011-12.
Jim Salisbury on CSNPhilly.com reported earlier that Ruben Amaro Jr. was looking into the possibility of bringing back Abreu, who had been playing in the Venezuelan winter league.
In 50 games, Abreu hit .322 with three homers and an .877 OPS in Venezuela, and during postseason play he smacked eight homers while batting .464 with a 1.764 OPS in 15 games.
"Bobby has had a nice winter season," Amaro said earlier. "We have decent reports on him."
The Phillies had been (still are?) in desparate need of a left-handed bat off the bench with some pop. While Abreu's power numbers deteriorated significantly in his last two years in the majors — his .358 slugging percentage and one HR per 77 plate appearances from '11-12 attest to that — he still offers more than Cesar Hernandez (switch-hitter), Reid Brignac or Tony Gwynn Jr. would.
If anything, Abreu always had the ability to get on base, which was the case even as his average dipped in his last few big-league seasons. Abreu owns a .396 career OBP and has never posted an OBP less than .350 on a season.
Abreu last played for the Phillies on July 28, 2006 before the club traded him to the Yankees for Matt Smith, Carlos Monasterios, C.J. Henry and Jesus Sanchez. Only Smith, who appeared in 23 games for the Phils from 2006-07, climbed higher than Double-A with the franchise.
Bastardo, Phils avoid arbitration
Three down, one more to go.
The Phillies announced Tuesday night that they have avoided the salary arbitration process with Antonio Bastardo by signing the reliever to a one-year, $2 million deal.
The 28-year-old lefty is the third Phillie to ink a one-year contract to avoid arbitration this offseason. The two others are Kyle Kendrick and John Mayberry Jr., while Ben Revere still remains eligible for an arbitration hearing.
It's likely the Phils and Revere will agree to terms before a hearing can even be scheduled at the beginning of February.