The Bobby Abreu signing has officially been confirmed by MLB.com. The details are not sorted through yet, but are believed to have Abreu signing with the Dodgers for a prorated version of the league-minimum. He will also get paid the remainder of his $9 million contract that he is owed by his former club – the Anaheim Angels.
To make room for Bobby, the Dodgers have optioned infielder Justin Sellers to Triple-A Albuquerque. He was hitting .150 in 20 at-bats this season, including two doubles.
His replacement, Abreu, who will don no. 33 for the Dodgers, didn’t fare much better in Anaheim, hitting .208 with three of his five hits being doubles, also driving in five runs.
Still Abreu will bolster a Dodgers bench hitting just .147 and was otherwise led by Adam Kennedy and his .136 batting average.
He has been activated for today’s contest against the Cubs, and bats .400 against today’s starter Paul Maholm.
Abreu marks the first signing by Magic Johnson and GBM and leads to the impression that more has to be on the way, particularly a third baseman and bullpen help.