Per CBS Sports Jon Heyman, Bobby Abreu (who was signed to a minor-league deal and was a non-roster invitee to Spring Training), will not make the Phillies roster.
Bobby Abreu didn’t make the phillies, tho scouts say he looked decent in spring.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) March 26, 2014
The release of Abreu almost guarantees that Tony Gwynn Jr. will make the team’s opening day roster, and that we won’t get to complain about Ruben Amaro signing Abreu all Summer.
According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, Abreu won’t be making the roster because the team felt like he wasn’t going to be able to do anything besides pinch-hit.
#Phillies have told Bobby Abreu he won’t make Opening Day roster. Felt he couldn’t do enough besides swing the bat. Tough day in RF today
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) March 26, 2014
While Abreu might have been a better pinch-hitter than Gwynn (who isn’t exactly his father at the plate), his putrid performance in right-field today against the Tigers, proved that he wasn’t going to be a useful enough player in the national league. I wouldn’t be shocked if an American League team took a shot on him, if he doesn’t accept an assignment to the Triple-A Lehigh Valley Ironpigs, which I wouldn’t expect that he would.
Update 8:48 EST: ESPN’s Jayson Stark called it ‘unlikely’ that Abreu would accept an opportunity to begin the season in Triple-A and work his way up to the Phillies these season, as he looks to find a big-league club that could use his bat.
“Bobby Abreu is still with the Phillies organization, and he is currently weighing his options,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
A source said Abreu will look for another big league job. While the Phillies haven’t officially released him, remaining with their organization does not appear to be an option.
Well, it’s been a fun ride.