PHILADELPHIA - The Phillies signed outfielder Bobby Abreu to a minor-league contract on Tuesday with an invitation to major-league spring training.
Despite not playing in the major leagues last season, Abreu batted .322 with a .416 on-base percentage, 16 extra-base hits and 28 RBI in 50 games with Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League in 2013, including a .395 average with runners in scoring position.
The 39-year-old outfielder spent parts of nine seasons with Philadelphia from 1998 to 2006, batting .303 with a .416 on-base percentage, 348 doubles, 195 home runs and 814 RBI in 1,353 games with the Phillies. He was traded to the New York Yankees as part of a six-player deal prior to the trade deadline in 2006.
A two-time All-Star (2004-05), Abreu has 2,437 career hits, 287 home runs, 1,349 RBI and 399 stolen bases over 17 seasons between the Houston Astros (1996-97), Phillies, Yankees (2006-08), Los Angeles Angels (2009-12) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2012).
Philadelphia also made two moves to shore up its pitching staff on Tuesday.
The team signed right-hander Chad Gaudin to a minor-league contract and he will be invited to spring training.
They also avoided arbitration with left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo by agreeing to a $2 million, one-year deal. Bastardo had asked for $2.5 million in arbitration, while the Phillies offered $1,675,000.
Gaudin was 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 30 games last year for the San Francisco Giants. He made 12 starts and held hitters to a .227 batting average.
The 30-year-old Gaudin began last season with 18 relief appearances and posted a 2.05 ERA in those games before moving to the starting rotation in June. His season ended in mid-August when he was placed on the disabled list with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Gaudin is 45-44 with a 4.44 ERA in 344 games, including 87 starts, for Tampa, Toronto, Oakland A's, Chicago Cubs, San Diego, New York Yankees, Washington, Miami and the Giants.
Bastardo was 3-2 with a 2.32 ERA and two saves in 48 relief appearances last year before he was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis drug case.
Outfielder Ben Revere is Philadelphia's only remaining arbitration player.
The 28-year-old Bastardo is 15-11 with a 3.65 ERA and 11 saves in 208 career games, including five starts.
The Phillies now have eight players 35 or older coming to spring training and 17 in their 30s.