May 042012

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.

Abreu has officially been activated for today’s series opener against the Cubs. He will don number 33 in his first game in Dodger Blue, taking on Paul Maholm. The biggest question left is what’s next Magic?
 05/04/2012  Posted by at 12:00 pm Dodgers Injury Reports, Dodgers News, Transactions  Add comments

  3 Responses to “Welcome To Dodgertown Bobby Abreu”

  1. Smart move for the Dodgers. Abreu is an experienced and professional player, a clutch hitter, and still has some stuff left in the tank!

  2. I couldn't agree more. I think this is a smart move, as it is a almost zero risk move by the Dodgers. This guy will be huge just as a leader, not to mention his clubhouse, and playoff experience. Totally loving this move more and more each day.

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