According to various sources, the Philadelphia Phillies have signed former Philadelphia Phillie (and Dodger, Yankee, Astro, and Angel) Bobby Abreu to a minor-league contract, and invited him to spring training.
Adam Rubin of ESPN-NY reported that Abreu was close to signing with the Mets, in part due to his relationship with Dave Hudgens, who is managing the veteran outfielder and the Caracas winter league club.
Abreu hasn’t played in MLB since 2012, when he didn’t hit very well for average nor power, but still managed to get on base 35% of the time. In his last few years of active duty, his bat slowed down considerably and his fielding skills eroded, though his strike zone discipline and patience remained a strength.
Would he have been a good fit for the Mets? Maybe. Why not, on a minor-league deal — there’s nothing to lose. It’s not as though he’d have been taking spring training at-bats from prominent prospects, and his hitting approach fits in well with what the Mets have been trying to do for the past three years — who knows, his habits could have rubbed off on some of the Mets youngsters.
But for now, he’s with the Phillies.
Do you care? Would you have liked to see him in Port St. Lucie next month? Why or why not?
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