Bobby Abreu announces his retirement

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Bobby Abreu will announce his retirement tonight, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News.

Abreu’s career appeared to be over when the Mets designated him for assignment in early August, but they called up him in September for one last hurrah.

Abreu ceased being a productive regular in 2011, but he had a dozen-year run as one of the best all-around hitters in baseball, consistently posting .300 batting averages and .400 on-base percentages with 20-homer power and 30-steal speed.

Overall for his 18-year, 2,423-game career Abreu has an OPS of .870, which is a higher mark than fellow retirees Paul Konerko (.841) and Derek Jeter (.817).

He was an on-base machine who racked up 2,469 hits with 288 homers and 400 steals. Among all active position players only Jeter and Alex Rodriguez have gotten on base more times than Abreu’s career total of 3,977 and only Rodriguez, Jeter, Albert Pujols, Adrian Beltre, Carlos Beltran, and Chase Utley have a higher Wins Above Replacement total.

Great, underrated player.

Giants sign Pablo Sandoval to minor league deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Giants have signed infielder Pablo Sandoval to a minor league contract. If he makes the major league roster, he will earn a $2 million salary with an additional $750,000 available via incentives.

Sandoval, 33, underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow back in September and was initially expected to miss the start of the 2020 regular season. However, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area notes that Sandoval is believed to be “way ahead of schedule” in his recovery.

Last season, Sandoval hit .268/.313/.507 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI over 296 plate appearances with the Giants. He faced mostly right-handed pitching, which would figure to be the case for him once again coming off the bench.