Apr 18, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Andrew Brown (30) heads back to the dugout after striking out in front of Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis (24) during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Mets demote Andrew Brown to make room for Bobby Abreu


The Mets announced Monday that they have demoted outfielder Andrew Brown in order to make room for Bobby Abreu, who was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Brown, 29, was hitting .185 with a .233 OBP in 30 plate appearances spanning 10 games for the Mets in 2014.

Abreu, 40, was hitting .395 for Triple-A Las Vegas.

Thoughts:

It’s a bit surprising that the Mets demoted Brown instead of fellow outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, simply due to the fact that keeping Nieuwenhuis and promoting Abreu makes the bench very lefty-heavy.

As far as Abreu is concerned, he’s basically nothing more than a pinch hitter at this point in his career – which will limit the Mets’ in-game maneuverability.

When center fielder Juan Lagares returns from the 15-day disabled list (he’s eligible to come off on April 30), Nieuwenhuis will likely be removed from the roster to make room.

 

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  • Victor Chu

    Danny — as per my last post to your other article, why make the move now, as opposed to waiting until closer to when Lagares is expected to return – the reason you cited (left-handed hitting heavy bench) is exactly why I thought they should have waited. Are the Mets hoping to strike while the iron is hot with Abreu?

  • Not4Nutten

    Abreu is a professional contact hitter who hits against both lefties and righties, he might also be able to show the young studs how to control their swing, to cut down on their strikeouts! The Hitting coach is lost in space!