To Bobby Abreu and to the New York Mets, age is just a number. After being granted his release by the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this week, the 40-year-old outfielder has reportedly agreed to a minor league deal with the Mets.
#Mets add Bobby Abreu on a minor league deal. He will head to AAA Las Vegas.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) March 31, 2014
In 17 spring training games for the Phillies, Abreu batted .244 with three doubles, a triple (!), and two RBI. Oh, and of course he drew 10 walks, because you could roll Abreu onto the field at age 65 and he would still be able to work a walk.
Abreu is over one year removed from his last big league action, so what value he offers a big league club is certainly called into question at this point. His on-base skills over the course of his career have been elite, so that probably explains why teams will continue to give him a chance. Now the Mets are the latest team to give him that chance.