Jun 06, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Bobby Abreu (23) during an at bat during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Dodgers defeated the Phillies 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Mets Almost Signed Bobby Abreu (Before Phillies)


According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Mets had strong interest in Bobby Abreu, who just inked a minor league deal with the Phillies.

Abreu, who turns 40 in March, put up a great showing this offseason in the Venezuelan Winter League.

He last appeared in the majors in 2012, when he played for both the Dodgers and Angels.

Thoughts:

My reaction to the Phillies signing Abreu was one of amusement, and I’m not sure exactly why the Mets had interest in him.

Abreu’s last solid offensive season was 2010, so it’s puzzling that anyone is taking a chance on him (even on a minor league deal).

Adding to the fact that it’s been nearly four years since he’s been a good offensive player, Abreu has always been a poor defender who’s afraid of the wall – those traits don’t get better with age.

Perhaps the Mets were interested in Abreu simply as someone who can serve as insurance in Triple-A, but it’s hard to think Abreu would return to the states to toil in the minors.

 

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