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11/13/1984 (32 y, 3 m, 9 d)
$0.7M / 1 Years (2014)
Abreu was outrighted to Triple-A Fresno on Sunday, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports. (8/3/2014)
Replacing Stephen Drew
Paul Swydan (FanGraphs)
Dodgers' Veteran Commitment Leaves Youngsters Out »
Marc Hulet (RotoGraphs)
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A former top prospect in the Dodgers' system, Tony Abreu's star has faded in recent years. His four plus tools, which led Baseball America to project him as a .280 to .290 hitter, have not developed. A hip-labrum tear cost him the 2008 season, so that could play a part in his underachievement. His 2010 debut in Arizona did not go well, though it lasted for just 201 plate appearances. With Mark Reynolds out of the picture he could play himself into a regular role at third base. But even that remains a big question mark at this point. Chances are he'll head into the season as a bench player, with a chance to earn more playing time later. (Joe Pawlikowski)
The Quick Opinion:
Tony Abreu has promise, but has never showed that he can capitalize on his talents at the Major League level. He could win playing time with a strong spring, but he'll likely be a non-factor.
Tony Abreu has bounced around -- three clubs over the past four years. The 28-year-old switch-hitter looks to be a Quad-A middle infielder. In the majors, he has 464 plate appearances and has hit .252 with four home runs and two stolen bases. Also, he rarely walks (3.4%), so he needs batted-ball luck to get on base. His Triple-A numbers show a tiny bit more upside, since he produced around 10 homers and stolen bases and a .300 average in his last two minor league seasons. Still, he needs to find a spot on the Royals' roster. The Royals need a backup shortstop and third baseman, roles Irving Falu can fill too. Also, it has been stated by the Royals don't have much faith in either Abreu or Falu and are still looking for someone to fill that role for them. Abreu is the classic Quad-A player and has no value unless he some how finds a starting position on a team. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
Tony Abreu is a bad utility infielder on his best days. Unless the Royals get hit hard by the injury bug, he is unrosterable.
Abreu was signed by the Giants to fill a utility infield role in 2013 and that is exactly what he did. He started 22 games at second base (30 appearances in total) while Marco Scutaro was injured and filled in over at both third and shortstop sporadically. However, defense is Abreu's game, as evidenced by his two home runs and zero stolen bases over 147 plate appearances, so his usefulness is the fantasy game is almost nil. He'll fill the exact same role in 2014, so fantasy owners can simply bypass him altogether. Yes, even in the deepest of leagues, he has no value. (Howard Bender)
The Quick Opinion:
Abreu will fill the Giants' utility infielder role once again in 2014 which means fantasy owners can once again omit him from their lists. With no stick and no speed on the bases, he offers about as much value as Joe Buck has doing sports commentary.
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Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 3:34 AM ET
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