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Mets designate Bobby Abreu for assignment

Aug 4, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT

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Bobby Abreu‘s comeback as a bench bat for the Mets got off to a good start, but the 40-year-old has hit just .114 in 51 plate appearances since mid-June and today he was designated for assignment.

Abreu can still work deep counts, draw walks, and coax his way on base at a decent clip, but his power is totally gone and the need for a 40-year-old pinch-hitter on a sub-.500 team is pretty limited down the stretch.

This figures to be the end of the line for Abreu, who had similarly underwhelming overall numbers in 2012 before sitting out all of last season. However, he was an on-base machine for nearly 15 years, has racked up 2,466 hits with 288 homers and 400 steals, and in my book at least goes down as one of the most underrated players of this era.

Among all active position players only Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez have gotten on base more times than Abreu’s career total of 3,973 and only Rodriguez, Jeter, Albert Pujols, Adrian Beltre, Carlos Beltran, and Chase Utley have a higher Wins Above Replacement total.

  1. bronco58lb - Aug 4, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Abreu is a Hall of Famer on my ballot.

    • jl9830 - Aug 4, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      Yeah right. Nice player, but hall of fame? Yours would be the definition of hall of very good.

      • babiproberts - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:21 PM

        Abreu is definitely worthy of consideration for the HOF. A great mix of speed and power who got on base at an amazing clip. When all is said and done he might deserve to be on the outside looking in but he’s a borderline candidate at the very least.

  2. moogro - Aug 4, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    He routinely caused pitching changes with his at-bats.

  3. Victor Filoromo - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Phillies might as well pick him up again. His OPS is 3 points higher than Howard’s.

  4. drs76109 - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Yep, back to the Phillies. Retires at the end of the season.

    • gothapotamus90210 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      I’d fully endorse that. He was one of the few bright spots from 1998-2005. It would give meaning to a good player retiring with his prominent team.

  5. dezolationangel - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    It’s about time. Sucks as a pinch hotter and I cringed every time they put him in the outfield. Even in his prime he was an average outfielder. As far as those who say he’s either HOF worthy or borderline HOF I have one question….what are you smoking? His numbers aren’t even close.

    • babiproberts - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      What numbers are you looking at? The dude hit .291/.395/.475 over 10,000 PA good for a 128 OPS+ with 288 homers and 400 steals while collecting 2400 hits. bWAR has him at 60 wins, fWAR at 58 which isn’t a lock for the hall but certainly deserves consideration.

  6. tomgiles1961 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    The Mets should have had a younger player in the mix, he is a powerless bat who is poor in the field now. He was a true professional who put himself in a position to succeed with his approach to hitting, but the reflexes and bat speed are gone. I don’t think he is a hall of famer, but he did have a long. very good career. Rusty Staub in his 40’s had more value because he could hit pinch hit singles. If Abreau can teach his approach to hitting he could be a fine coach, he was always a thinking hitter.

  7. edelmanfanclub - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Bobby Abroo as my freshman Math teacher called him. An amazing player during his time in Philadelphia.

    • tuberippin - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:21 AM

      I hope he was better at math than he was at English.

      • twinfan24 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:29 AM

        Because pronouncing Abreu correctly has anything to do with English?

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