Bobby Abreu’s career triple-slash line reads as follows: .292/.396/.477. That’s pretty good for a guy who played in parts of 17 seasons. Abreu also hit 287 home runs, stole 399 bases, and walked in nearly 15% of his plate appearances. The 39-year old attempted to find regular playing time with the Angels and Dodgers in 2012, but he managed just 257 plate appearances in 100 games.
Abreu’s not quite ready to quit you yet, baseball. According to a Jerry Crasnick piece at ESPN, the former Astros, Phillies, Yankees, Angels, and Dodgers outfielder plans on continuing his playing career in Major League Baseball… in 2014.
Crasnick notes that Abreu intends to work on an entrepreneurial project in his home country of Venezuela this summer, but he is planning on playing winter ball with Leones del Caracas beginning in October.
Peter Greenberg, Abreu’s agent, via ESPN:
“Bobby still thinks he has something left to offer. He still thinks he can help somebody, and he has some personal milestones that would probably be nice to cross.”
Stan Stanjanovich, 2014′s hypothetical agent, responded as follows:
“It’s cool, Bobby. We’ve had enough.”
The milestones that Greenberg speaks of likely include 400 stolen bases, 300 home runs, and 2500 hits. I don’t want to say never, but Bobby Abreu will be 40-years old next spring and he’s clearly settled into the stagnant phase of decline.