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.
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.