The Mets have added Bobby Abreu to the 25 man roster and he will be available for tonight’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Andrew Brown was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for him. Brown batted .185 with one home run and five RBI in 30 plate appearances this season.
The 40-year-old Abreu hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2012, when he played eight games for the Los Angeles Angels and then 92 for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Abreu signed a minor-league contract with the Mets, and batted .395 in 15 games for Triple-A Las Vegas with four doubles and six RBI.
The Mets needed to make a decision on Abreu, who could have asked out of his contract if he wasn’t promoted by the end of this month.
It’s still unclear if this decision is just to add a bat to the bench, or a bigger role.
Mike Puma of the NY Post has learned that Bobby Abreu has an April 30 opt out clause on the deal he signed with the Mets.
“Don’t be surprised if he’s with the Mets by end of month,” Puma says.
When the Mets signed Bobby Abreu on March 31, I have to admit, I really didn’t understand that move, especially when the Mets have a crop of younger ball players ready to take their turn and become stars on the big club. The move to bring in a 40 year old ball player past his prime didn’t really sit well with me. My thinking was maybe they feel he still has something left in the tank, but in reality it could delay a top prospect for a what-if.
But I have to admit, at least for now that I will have to eat my words, because not only has Abreu been hitting, but he has actually solidified himself in the lineup and has started to be a guy to count on to produce.
On the season so far he is 10 for 19, batting .526/.591/684, with three doubles, has only struck out twice and has hit safely in seven of the eight games he has played with the 51′s. He also has three multi hit games in that stretch.
Wally Backman has seen his share of great hitters and he tells the Las Vegas Journal-Review that Abreu still has it, “He turned on a 98 mph fastball with the bases loaded, so I’d say he can still hit.”
I can’t say that Abreu is the answer to the Mets offensive woes, but if he continues to hit and produce, the Mets may need to make some decisions and possibly see if he is actually someone who can bring something to the table for the team – assuming he continues to smash Triple A pitching. It could make for a good story line.
(Photo Credit: Josh Holmberg/Las Vegas Review Journal)