Okay, well maybe the Dodgers don’t need rescuing per-say. After all the Dodgers are currently the best team in the National League. But even if they did need some rescuing it’s not lot like Bobby Abreu is the one-man wrecking crew he once was. But, ah, what’s this? He still has a ton of value to add to a playoff caliber team? Yes. True it is indeed. Bobby Abreu is instantly the best available hitting free agent on the market right now after his release from the Angels of Anaheim. No I will not put Los Angeles in their name and you can’t make me, so there! While Abreu’s days of patrolling the outfield on a daily basis are certainly all but over, he still can do his thing, which is hit.
So here is the scenario where Bobby Abreu and the Dodgers of Los Angeles (sorry I just had to) are a perfect match for each other. Ready for it? One word, Dodgers bench. Okay, so maybe that’s two words but you get the point that is flowing all over the place. The Dodgers bench is just plain sad, offensively that is. Defensively it is one of the top benches in the league. Offensively, it might just be the worst in the league. There is zero power to be found on the bench, no clutch hitting to be found either. Really there just isn’t the wow factor going on. The answer? Bobby Abreu.
Bobby Abreu would instantly provide a power threat option off the Dodgers bench. Think Matt Stairs a few years ago. Abreu is one of those guys no matter how old he gets, you still need to be very careful where you locate your pitches to him. He is one of the most skilled and talented hitters to ever play the game. Being a seventeen-year veteran means you know how to hit in the majors. Not to mention he is also one of the most clutch hitters to ever play the game of baseball. Abreu is still very capable of being a super-bench player, while also providing some occasional pinch-running. Here’s the cherry-on-top. Abreu can still be plugged into a platoon type role at first base or in the outfield. No the Dodgers don’t have the luxury of the DH, and yes Abreu would probably benefit better from this role. However, I say the difference between being a DH and being a pinch-hitter/occasional platoon guy is pretty much the same, no? Plus it’s not like Abreu is at the stage of his career where he is an everyday player, no matter if he thinks he is or not.
Perhaps the best part of this is not only does this provide the much needed hitter the Dodgers need coming off the bench, but Abreu would only require the MLB minimum to be signed, which makes this a no-brainer. Abreu being a left-handed hitter provides another solid option to the Dodgers hitting squad. It creates flexibility, which is always a good thing for a team that seems to be the odds on favorite to win the NL West. Giving Mattingly better match-ups can only be a good thing right? So Magic? Kasten? What say you? Will this be the first move you make as owners? Bill Shaikin seems to think not. But that doesn’t mean he is right.