It’s official. Bobby Abreu is the newest member of Los Angeles Dodgers. I know the signing of Abreu has brought on some mixed reviews, but I can’t find one reason not to like this deal. Abreu officially marks the first signing under the Guggenheim Baseball era, and it’s one of the smartest moves I’ve seen in a long time.
“I’m just happy to be back right now,” Abreu said. “I’ll do anything I can do to help the team — as a pinch-hitter and whenever they give me time to play.”
There isn’t a better pinch-hitter on the market right now than Abreu, not to mention he is a solid option as a fourth outfielder.
I know the talk of him being washed up, but I disagree, and I think a change of scenery is going to do wonders for this guy. Manager Don Mattingly has already said he see Abreu as more of a fourth outfielder other than just the Dodgers primary pinch-hitter. He is certainly a huge improvement over the speedy Tony Gwynn Jr., and leaps and bounds better than anyone on the Dodgers bench, even on their best day. The Dodgers current bench was hitting for a combined AVG of just .147, and their best bench hitter Adam Kennedy is batting a dismal .136 for the Dodgers.
Abreu, 38, was a two-time All Star, Gold Glove Award winner and Silver Slugger Award winner in his younger days. The Angels released him to make room for Mike Trout last week, one month into the third and final year of a $27 million deal, so the Dodgers get him for the pro-rated minimum salary. A .293 career hitter, and stole 21 bases last season. So for a pro-rated league minimum salary, I’ll talke it. The Dodgers optioned Justin Sellers back to the Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for Abreu. Sellers was batting .150 with two doubles, in 20 at-bats this season.