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Mets sign Bobby Abreu

Mar 31, 2014, 7:41 PM EDT

UPDATE: The Mets have signed Abreu to a minor league contract. He’ll report to Triple-A Las Vegas.

5:40 p.m. ET: The Phillies didn’t have any room for Bobby Abreu, but maybe someone else does?

Seems like any team — especially an NL team — would have a hard time finding room for Abreu. With teams routinely using 13-man pitching staffs, any bench players have to be versatile. And while Abreu may be a lot of things these days — he can still work a walk and hit a mistake — versatile is not one of them. Particularly not on defense.

Injury insurance maybe, if he’ll accept a Triple-A assignment. But not much more.

  1. chill1184 - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    ‘kay

  2. stabonerichard - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    It’s time for Bobby to call it a career. But a damn fine career it was — he averaged 5 WAR over a 10-year span.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    That’s a good way to get the Phillies to resign him.

  4. punksinplay - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Can he pitch out of the pen? Because unless the Mets get better out of the pen it won’t matter who the other 8 guys on the field are.

  5. straightouttavtown - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    I said it before and I’ll say it again: I’d rather have Abreu as my corner outfielder than Mark Trumbo. Give me a guy who can get on base over someone who hacks at everything and end up with a sub .300 career OBP any day. Bobby still sports a keen eye at the plate and is a very disciplined hitter. With the way offense has gone down the past few years, he should have a spot somewhere, preferably in the AL.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      You’d rather have a guy who, from 2010-2012 OPS+ed 109 over a guy who from 2011 to 2013 OPS+ed 115 and HASN’T been out of baseball for an entire year, and is 12 years younger to boot?

      • straightouttavtown - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:29 PM

        Stop crunching stats and start watching real games for a change. Trumbo, like Adam Dunn is a rally killer, horrible fielder, and just because he hits a few solo shots and gets hot for a week every 2 months doesn’t make him a good player. Maybe he’s a worthy “fantasy” asset but he’s a fraud in real life.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        So…he averages 94 RBI a season by only hitting solo shots?

  6. tfbuckfutter - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    You know how you can tell a team wants to be taken seriously?

    They DON’T sign a 40 year old player who offers virtually nothing.

    Unless, of course, you’re planning on filming The Expendables: MLB Edition. In which case, you just got yourself your Dolph Lundgren.

    • straightouttavtown - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      Jason Giambi worked out pretty well for the Indians last year, so why not Bobby? He obviously still has something to offer with the way he has played in winter ball and spring training.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        What?

        Giambi had an OPS+ of 85. He was worse offensively last year than David Eckstein’s career performance.

        And Giambi was (despite his rampant cheating) a considerably better player than Abreu to begin with.

        Not sure what your point is. That someone could expect Abreu to perform just a little bit worse than Giambi did for the Indians last year when he was bad?

      • straightouttavtown - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        Giambi hit a number of clutch homers during the stretch run and was a big reason why Tito’s first year in Cleveland was such a success. As for Abreu, he is 3 years younger than Giambi and when he last played, he was a lot better than Giambi and particularly if you factor in his baserunning and still passable defense. Few players get on base at the rate he does, which makes him the perfect pinch hitter and spot starter.

    • chill1184 - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      Highly unlikely he is up in Flushing anytime soon

  7. sdelmonte - Mar 31, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Can he pitch in relief?

  8. campcouch - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    he has a winning smile. that’s worth at least two wins

    • chill1184 - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      So THATS how Jeff Francoeur continues to get work

  9. chaseutley - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Sorry you’re a “Met,” Bobby. At least Vegas is more fun than Lehigh Valley.

    • dcarroll73 - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      Hey, watch that snark about the Lehigh Valley; there are some cute girls at Cedar Crest.

      • dcarroll73 - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:25 PM

        And at this point in Bobby’s career it could get worse. He could get sent down to AA and get to spend a lot of time in Binghamton (makes Lehigh Valley seem almost cosmopolitan, doesn’t it?)

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