Bobby Abreu designated for assignment by Dodgers, is this the end?
The Dodgers traded for outfielder Shane Victorino Tuesday, so they needed to make a roster move before activating him for Wednesday's action. And they've now done so, announcing that veteran Bobby Abreu has been designated for assignment.
|Could this be the end of the line for Abreu? (Getty Images)|
The Dodgers traded for outfielder Shane Victorino Tuesday, so they needed to make a roster move before activating him for Wednesday's action. And they've now done so, announcing that veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu has been designated for assignment.
Abreu is 38 years old, so it's worth wondering if he's going to be forced into retirement. Personally, I don't think so, due to two factors:
1. He had a .359 on-base percentage for the Dodgers. Surely some team will find value in a veteran with Abreu's pedigree who still gets on base at that clip.
2. The Angels are still paying the overwhelming majority of Abreu's salary. So he will only cost his new team the pro-rated league minimum, which is basically like a nickel to us common folk.
If this is the end for Abreu, it finishes off a very solid career.
In parts of 17 seasons, Abreu has amassed 2,434 hits and drawn 1,451 walks. He actually ranks 51st in baseball history in overall times on base (Pete Rose, Barry Bonds, Ty Cobb, Rickey Henderson and Carl Yastrzemski are the top five). Perhaps more impressive: His 565 doubles rank 23rd in the history of baseball.
Abreu also sports a career line of .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.
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