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A couple of months ago New York Yankees fans couldn’t wait to run Bobby Abreu out of town.

The Yankees were stumbling, and Abreu’s performance — or lack thereof — was being looked at as part of the problem.

At the end of June the veteran outfielder was hitting just .248 with 4 home runs and 35 RBI. He looked disinterested, was playing only so-so defense and was either getting shuffled around the lineup or left out of it entirely on many occasions.

Yankee fans were salivating at the thought of taking the $15 million the team is paying Abreu, who can a free agent at the end of this season, and turning that money into Andruw Jones, Torii Hunter or Ichiro Suzuki.

It might seriously be time to re-evaluate that stance. There have been lots of reasons for the Yankees turnaround over the past couple of months. Stabilized starting pitching, the return to form of Mariano Rivera, the play of Robinson Cano, Melky Cabrera and Hideki Matsui, the improved bench.

Abreu’s presence has also been a key to the resurgence. Since July 1 he has batted .386 with 7 home runs and a major-league best 44 RBI. For the season, he is at .282 with 12 home runs and 79 RBI, a pace that would put him over 100 RBI for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.

The 33-year-old may not hit home runs the way he once did, but he still drives in runs, hits for a high average, steals bases (15 this season) and plays a pretty good right field.

The Yankees hold a $16 million option on Abreu for next season, with a $2 million buyout. At this point, I think you would be hard-pressed to make an argument that they would be better off giving that money to somebody else.

(via Valentine’s Views)

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