Bobby Abreu rumors: Free agent eyeing 2014 return

Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Free agent Bobby Abreu is setting his sites on a return to baseball in 2014.

Free agent Bobby Abreu was unable to land a contract over the winter, but the veteran isn't planning on calling it a career just yet. According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, Abreu is setting his sites on a return to baseball in 2014.

Crasnick notes that Abreu plans on focusing on his "business interests as a budding entrepreneur" in his native Venezuela before playing winter ball for the Leones del Caracas beginning in October. He hopes this will act as a prelude to a comeback attempt for the 2014 season.

Abreu's agent -- Peter Greenberg -- told Crasnick that "Bobby still thinks he has something left to offer." In addition to considering himself a useful player, Abreu also has "some personal milestones" that he would like to cross, according to Greenberg.

Over the offseason, Abreu received varying levels of interest from several teams -- including the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles. However, he went through the spring unsigned and ultimately turned down offers to play in the Atlantic League and Mexico.

Abreu hit .242/.350/.342 with 11 doubles and three home runs over 257 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels and Dodgers last season. The 39-year-old owns a career batting line of .292/.396/.477 over 17 seasons in the majors.

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