Bobby Abreu doesn't make roster

Updated: March 26, 2014, 8:34 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

Bobby Abreu was told Wednesday that he won't make the Philadelphia Phillies' Opening Day roster.

"Bobby Abreu is still with the Phillies organization, and he is currently weighing his options," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

A source said Abreu will look for another big league job. While the Phillies haven't officially released him, remaining with their organization does not appear to be an option.

Abreu had attracted the interest of several teams after a big winter in Venezuela before the Phillies signed him to a minor league deal in January.

The veteran outfielder returned from a yearlong baseball hiatus to sign with the Phillies. He was set to make $800,000 if he made the Phillies' roster out of spring training, a baseball source told ESPN.com at the time.

Abreu, who turned 40 earlier this month, is a two-time All-Star with 2,437 career hits, 287 homers and 399 stolen bases in 17 seasons with the Phillies, Angels, Astros, Yankees and Dodgers. He played with the Phillies from 1998 to 2006 before being dealt to the Yankees at the trade deadline in 2006.

He ranks 23rd on MLB's career list with 565 doubles and is 22nd in walks with 1,456. Abreu needs 13 home runs and one stolen base to join Barry and Bobby Bonds as the only players in MLB history with 300 homers and 400 steals.

Abreu last played in the majors with the Dodgers in 2012. After failing to land a big league contract in 2013, he took the year off to tend to his business interests in his native Venezuela and prepare for a comeback.

He began attracting interest from major league clubs with a strong showing for the Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League, where Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens was his manager.

The Mets and Indians also had expressed interest in Abreu, and the outfielder had received feelers from Japan before reaching the deal with Philadelphia.

ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick contributed to this report.

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Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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