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Philadelphia Phillies' Bobby Abreu cut sends spring message

Abreu played for the Phillies from 1998-2006.
Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Bobby Abreu could still be seen in Philadelphia Phillies red pinstripes this season. But, that won't happen by opening day. After being advised that he won't make the opening day roster, the veteran outfielder will need to accept some type of minor league assignment (if offered that chance) in order to possibly play for the home team one more time.

Number 53 generated decent numbers this spring, though he was never a standout performer. So, the Phillies' decision dashed hopes of a reunion tour for one of the team's more popular pre-2008 World Series players.

General manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. promoted Ryne Sandberg to manager late-last season. That move, along with the subsequent re-addition of Larry Bowa to the coaching staff, signaled a directional change for a franchise that had veered off course post-2011.

The Phillies previously locked themselves into numerous high-value, long-term contracts. Those choices created limited payroll options, which partially helped to create consecutive non-playoff years (2012, 2013). The spring deletions of players like Kevin Frandsen, Ronny Cedeno and Abreu are modest moves, but do indicate that stronger roster adjustments could be seen by mid-summer.

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