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Red Sox check out Bobby Abreu

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  December 31, 2012 06:11 PM

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According to press reports out of Venezuela, the Red Sox viewed a workout done by Bobby Abreu that included his taking grounders at first base.

A 17-year veteran of the majors and a two-time All-Star, Abreu is a free agent. He turns 39 in March and is coming off a season in which he hit .242 with a .693 OPS for the Angels and Dodgers over 100 games and 257 plate appearances.

The lefthanded hitting outfielder could fill a spot on the bench for the Sox. But he has never played first base professionally. Abreu also is 18 of 87 (.207) with one home run in his career as a pinch hitter. Presumably, if the Red Sox were to sign him it would be to a minor league contract.

The predominantly righthanded Red Sox could use a lefty hitter off the bench, preferably somebody who could play first base and the outfield.

(Thanks to Chris Cotillo, who passed along the news via Twitter. You can find him at @TradeDeadliner.)

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