It’s official. The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed an agreement with veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu on Friday morning. Details are still unclear.
According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Abreu will see time as a bench player and part-time outfielder for the club. This just one Day after Heyman first reported that the Dodgers were expressing interest in Abreu.
Abreu, who was released by the Los Angeles Angels last week, was disappointed in his request to the Halos for more consistent at-bats this spring, and publicly announced his desire to remain a full-time force on the roster.
So, the Angels attempted to trade Abreu but to no club seemed to be willing to take on the salary required by the club. So they released him. That means the Dodgers are only obligated to pay him a prorated share of the major league minimum salary, which is $480,000 annually
The 38-year old Abreu hit 20 home runs as recently as 2010, but otherwise has been in the kind of decline slipping last season, when he hit .253 with eight home runs and 60 runs batted in for the Angels.
Could his signing with LA be an inclination he is admitting his role to be part-time?