Veteran Bobby Abreu couldn’t find a team to take a chance on him out of Spring Training, but the outfielder remained consistent in his effort to find work and eventually found such within the New York Mets organization.
Abreu accepted a minor league role with the Mets, but actually getting called up? That seemed to be a different story, but it appears good fortune has bestowed itself upon Abreu as he’s been recalled by the Mets, optioning Andrew Brown in the process.
“He’s a professional hitter and we’re looking for somebody that can come off the bench and give us a professional at-bat,” Sandy Alderson said today at an event at the VA New York Harbor Healthcare Hospital.
Abreu hasn’t appeared in a Major League game since 2012 but has been tearing the cover off the ball in the hitter friendly PCL.
A role hasn’t been defined for the veteran outfielder, but it’s likely he’ll be used off the bench in pinch hitting roles moving forward.
Abreu played for current Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens in Venezula this past offseason, which will add to the familiarity for both sides.