It has been quite a long time since veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu was a productive Major League Baseball player, but he is expected to have another chance at glory beginning on Monday, as he is set to be called up by the New York Mets.
As noted above by the Mets and their official Twitter account, the 40-year-old Abreu has been tearing the cover off of the ball in triple-A, and that has warranted a look from the big league club immediately. The long-time MLB outfielder hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2012, where he was a replacement level player with the Dodgers and Angels, and the last time he posted a WAR that would be considered “playable” was back in 2010 when he hit 20 home runs with the Angels.
If there is a team in the league that Abreu could help, it is probably the Mets, but in the National League, he’ll be forced to be play defense, and that could be a bit of an adventure. The advanced metrics basically characterize Abreu as a disaster defensively for a full decade, and New York would be wise to utilize him as a pure bench bat. We’ll see how it transpires, but he’s on the way to the Big Apple.