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Bobby Abreu signs with Dodgers
The Angels released Abreu last week, after he batted .208 with no home runs and five RBIs in eight games. The Dodgers will pay $401,311 of Abreu's $9 million salary for this year, leaving the Angels with the remaining part of the final season of a $27 million, three-year contract. Infielder Justin Sellers was optioned to the Triple-A Albuquerque to make room on the roster.
Abreu, 38, is likely to serve as a left-handed bat off the bench for the Dodgers. He’s also likely to make occasional starts in the outfield. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is familiar with Abreu, who played for the Yankees while Mattingly was a coach there.
The Dodgers recently have been using a combination of Jerry Hairston Jr. and Tony Gwynn Jr. in left field. Juan Rivera, who began the year as the primary left fielder, has been limited by a hamstring injury.