Bobby Abreu, the 38-year-old outfielder who was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Dodgers last week to make room for the newly acquired Shane Victorino, has accepted an assignment to Triple-A, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
In his 17th Major League season, the left-handed hitting Abreu had two home runs, 17 RBI, a .251 average and a .341 slugging percentage in 209 plate appearances for the Dodgers. Long known for his plate discipline, Abreu did post an on-base percentage of .359 thanks to 30 walks.
Chances are, Abreu will rejoin the Dodgers when rosters expand on September 1. Los Angeles is 60-52 and 1.5 games behind San Francisco in the National League West.
Abreu, who belted 20 home runs and knocked in 78 with the Angels in 2010, slipped to eight home runs and 60 RBI with Mike Scioscia’s club last season. He was released by the Angels in April after going 5-for-24 (.208) with no home runs, five RBI and a .593 OPS in eight games. The Dodgers inked him to a minor league contract a week later.
In his 17-year career with five Major League teams (Houston, Philadelphia, New York Yankees, Angels and Dodgers), Abreu has a .292 average, a .396 on-base percentage and a .873 OPS with 286 home runs and 2,434 hits.