Mets GM Sandy Alderson discussed why he signed Bobby Abreu during his press conference today, citing that “his approach at the plate made him very attractive to us.”
Alderson said that he could see the 41-year old veteran as a potential fifth-outfielder who could be “a guy off the bench” for the Mets this season.
One reporter asked Alderson if Abreu was being considered for first base (huh?), to which he replied, “No. Bobby Abreu wasn’t signed to be a first baseman for Mets.”
I have no idea how Abreu could be anything other than depth for the outfield in Vegas. If he’s on our 25 man roster at any point this season, it would probably mean that a few things may have gone terribly wrong in our outfield.
Let’s hope that’s not the case.
John Heyman, Baseball Insider for CBS Sports, first reported that the Mets were considering signing Bobby Abreu to a minor league deal and sending him to Triple A Vegas as an insurance for the outfield.
Consider it a done deal as the Mets made the announcement a short time ago.
Abreu, 40, last played in 2012 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and he signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies during this off-season.
In 17 spring games, he hit .244/.404/.466, before being released released. He’ll give the Mets some insurance in the outfield.