|What is this, Major League: Back to the Minors? (Getty Images)|
Bobby Abreu is headed to the minor leagues, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. It's possible Abreu will become a member of the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes, but details are still being finalized.
On August 1, the Dodgers designated outfielder Bobby Abreu for assignment. Since then he's passed through waivers unclaimed and the Dodgers then had the chance to trade him to any interested team. No agreements have come to fruition and Abreu then had the choice to either be granted his release -- meaning he could sign with any club in the majors -- or accept his assignment to the minors. He chose the latter.
It seems a bit surprising that no contender wanted to take a flier on a guy with a .359 on-base percentage in the NL this season, though maybe any interested clubs were waiting for him to choose to accept his release. That part is a bit surprising, too. Abreu's been in the majors for 17 seasons, and generally the long-time veterans with his pedigree still believe they can start for someone.
It's possible Abreu believes he'll find his way back to L.A. and he really wants to stick with this Dodgers' club. Regardless of how it turns out, Abreu has had a great career.
His 565 doubles rank 23rd in the history of baseball. He has gathered 2,434 hits and drawn 1,451 walks. Those two figures help place him 51st in baseball history in overall times on base. His career slash line is .292/.396/.477 with 286 homers, 398 stolen bases, 1,439 runs and 1,347 RBI. He's played for five different franchises at the big-league level.