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Phillies agree to deal to bring back 39-year-old Bobby Abreu

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Bobby Abreu is returning the Phillies eight years after being traded away.
Bobby Abreu is returning the Phillies eight years after being traded away. (USATSI)

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The Phillies have agreed to terms with outfielder Bobby Abreu, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. It is a minor league contract and he will earn $800,000 if he makes the team.

Two weeks ago we heard the 39-year-old Abreu was planning to attempt a comeback. He has been tearing the cover off the ball during the winter ball postseason in his native Venezuela, hitting eight home runs and driving in 26 runs in only 15 games.

Abreu last played in the big leagues with the Angels and Dodgers in 2012, hitting .242/.350/.342 (94 OPS+) with three home runs in 100 games. He figures to serve as Philadelphia's left-handed bat off the bench with Marlon Byrd and Domonic Brown entrenched in the corner outfield spots.

According to Heyman, the Mets offered Abreu more money and a better opportunity, but he returned to the Phillies because he loved his time there. He hit .303/.416/.513 (139 OPS+) with 195 homers and 254 stolen bases in 1,353 games for the Fightin's from 1998-06 before being traded to the Yankees.

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