#dodgers have agreement with bobby abreu to be bat off bench and part-time outfielder— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) May 4, 2012
The news follows a report from Wednesday that had the 38 year-old outfielder in "serious talks" with the Dodgers following his release from the Los Angeles Angels. Contract numbers have not yet been released, but the Angels will have to pick up the remaining $9 million of his 3-year, $27 million contract he signed back in November 2009.
Abreu, a 17-year vet, maintains a career .293 / .397 / .480 line but has struggled both this season (.208 / .259 / .353) and the past couple (.253 / .353 / .365 in 2011 and .255 / .352 / .435 in 2010), but the Dodgers will attempt to squeeze every last bit out of him through limited time in the outfield and off the bench.
Abreu has 56 career wins above replacement, placing him at or near what some expect as a Hall of Fame minimum. If Jon Heyman is correct and Abreu wants to (and can) play 2-3 more seasons, perhaps he can cement any doubt.