New York Mets News

Bobby Abreu DFA’d, Kirk Nieuwenhuis called up

By Danny Abriano

The Mets announced after Monday’s loss that Bobby Abreu has been designated for assignment.

Jun 21, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets right fielder

Bobby Abreu

(53) reacts after his at bat during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

To replace Abreu on the roster, Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Abreu, 40, signed a minor league deal with the Mets prior to the season.

After being called up, Abreu hit .238/.331/.336 in 142 plate appearances spanning 66 games.

Abreu was a solid contributor for the Mets in June, often in a starting role, but had fallen off lately. He also failed nearly every time he was asked to pinch hit, which was the role the Mets had envisioned for him.

Nieuwenhuis, 26, was hitting .265/.319/.512 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI for Las Vegas.

In 67 plate appearances earlier this season for the Mets, Nieuwenhuis hit .246/.328/.509 with two home runs and 11 RBI.


The Abreu DFA was overdue, but most thought that Matt den Dekker would get the call to replace him.

Either way, with Nieuwenhuis again up with the club and Chris Young having been largely ineffective, Nieuwenhuis should be starting in left field whenever a right-handed pitcher opposes the Mets.