Mar 25, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bobby Abreu (53) works out prior to the game against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bobby Abreu to join Mets on Monday


The Mets announced after Sunday’s victory against Atlanta that Bobby Abreu would be joining the club on Monday. Left unsaid was who Abreu would be replacing on the roster.

Abreu, 40, was hitting .395 with a 1.068 OPS in 38 at bats for Triple-A Las Vegas.

The Mets signed Abreu to a minor league deal after he was cut loose by Philadelphia during spring training.

The last time Abreu appeared in the major leagues was 2012, when he had a triple slash .242/.350/.342 in 257 plate appearances in 100 games.

Abreu had on opt-out close in his contract if the Mets failed to call him up to the majors by April 30.

Thoughts:

Even in his prime, Bobby Abreu was a poor outfielder. At this point in his career, he’s really nothing more than a pinch hitter.

It seems likely that to fit Abreu on the roster, the Mets will demote either Kirk Nieuwenhuis or Andrew Brown. The even-money is on Nieuwenhuis being sent down simply due to the fact that as a lefty, he hits from the same side of the plate as Abreu.

I suppose it’s somewhat understandable that the Mets don’t want to lose Abreu, but having him on the big league roster seems pretty pointless – due to the fact that he offers zero versatility.

The Mets just removed Ike Davis (who was serving as a non-versatile left handed pinch hitter) from the roster, and are basically replacing him with Abreu. It doesn’t make much sense.

 

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  • Speaksnow

    He is a professional CAREER hitter. Davis had two decent half seasons, and has shown no development. Many teams have been successful with a veteran PH on the roster.

  • Ken Meoni

    Wishing for another Byrd. Who else can they find at Cheap Johns? Meanwhile, their younger players sit in AAA.

  • Not4Nutten

    I agree with you, but maybe, just maybe Bobby can help some of the Young Met hitters out with a few pointers, Kirk or Andrew can only play in the outfield so, nothing lost there!

  • Victor Chu

    I’m not too surprised that the Mets are planning to bring up Abreu, given his offensive performance to date in Vegas, but he will really be just a glorified PH as I doubt he will be a starter or defensive replacement other than of last resort… not sure why they need to promote him prior to April 30th though … anyone know why? Are the Mets making this move in hope of capitalizing on Abreu’s current hot streak?

    • Ken Meoni

      He can opt out and leave, if not up with the Mets by April 30th.

    • Victor Chu

      Thanks, Ken … but, again, why bring him up before April 30th? I recognize that Andrew Brown is not producing, but the move really makes the bench left-handed hitting heavy … I would think the move would make more sense if they brought Abreu up at the same time as Lagares returning (assuming he is healthy) on April 30th, with the re-assignment of Kirk and Andrew, so as to maintain a balance on the bench.

    • Ken Meoni

      I agree with you. They should have let him walk. Why did they sign him in the first place? Because of what happened with Byrd. They now think that because Byrd worked out, that there is a chance of it happening again and it doesn’t cost much, so they can do it on the cheap.

    • Victor Chu

      I think that’s what Mets brass want from Abreu … to walk (pun intended) … when he’s pinch hitting! But, making the move this early and throwing off the balance of the bench was questionable. I can see them making that move on April 30th, especially with Lagares possibly coming back to help balance the bench (even though he should be starting), but I guess it doesn’t matter at this point … as for Abreu being another 2013 version of Marlon Byrd … the Mets will not be so lucky to have lightning strike twice … not too mention, Abreu doesn’t really fit into the outfield … can he play !B?

  • Jimmy Jim

    Abreu should not be taking time away from the young players, the METS are poorly ran.
    Watch out for Davis, the I LIKE IKE thing is going to be big in PIT !
    He almost hit one out of the park last night !

    • Victor Chu

      Ike did hit one out of the park last night … another Grand Slam … it’s a small sample size, but Ike is 5 for 13 with the Pirates so far …

    • Ken Meoni

      The thing is, if he stayed here, he wouldn’t be doing it.

    • Victor Chu

      Perhaps … and certainly not at that clip, but we will never know … I still like Ike’s defense over Duda’s … I wonder what the fielding WAR differential is between the two …