Mar 15, 2014; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bobby Abreu (53) takes batting practice before the game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Mets sign Bobby Abreu to minor league deal


UPDATE, 9:17 PM:

The Mets have signed Bobby Abreu to a minor league deal.

Abreu has been assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

The Mets nearly signed 40-year old Bobby Abreu prior to spring training, but he wound up with the Phillies instead. Now that Abreu has failed to make Philadelphia’s roster, the Mets are again interested. Tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sport:

Abreu didn’t play in the majors in 2013.

Thoughts:

There’s no harm in having extra bodies in Triple-A, but there just doesn’t seem to be a need on this team for Bobby Abreu.

Abreu was a poor defender before the end of his prime, and anything he can offer at this point of his career on the offensive side of things really isn’t worth having him as fodder.

The Mets have more than enough outfielders at the major league level, and have both Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Matt den Dekker ready in Triple-A should a need arise.

In addition to the outfielders who are major league ready, the Mets also have Cesar Puello – a legitimate outfield prospect who should be ready for his major league debut during the second half of the season.

 

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