The Phillies and Bobby Abreu have reached a mutual agreement to push his opt-out date back to Sunday, March 30.
The deadline for the Phils to either cut Abreu or guarantee his $800,000 salary was originally Wednesday, March 26. But by delaying the decision, they will have more time to evaluate who will fill out their opening day bench.
Abreu has been slowed by a sore left shoulder that kept him out of the Phils' last two spring training games. He says he feels fine, and he's in the lineup as the Phillies' designated hitter Tuesday night against the Yankees in Tampa (see story).
Abreu has hit .257 this spring (9 for 35) with nine walks and four extra-base hits. His .422 on-base percentage ranks third on the team, behind fellow 25-man roster hopefuls Reid Brignac and Tony Gwynn, Jr.