Help On the Way: Mets Sign Bobby Abreu

Step away from the ledge, Mets fans — there are still 161 games to go. And good news: the Mets have signed Bobby Abreu to a minor-league contract!

That’s right, the venerable on-base machine has advanced his comeback attempt from Phillies spring training in Clearwater, Florida, to Las Vegas, Nevada; the Mets hope this low-risk gamble pays off soon (sorry, I couldn’t resist).

Abreu, who hasn’t played in MLB since a 100-game stint on the Left Coast in 2012, batted .244 in Grapefruit League action this spring, boasting a .404 on-base percentage. That’s right, folks — the man can still take a walk.

Can he hit, though? Or field, for that matter? Both remain to be seen. If nothing else, it provides the Mets depth in AAA. What can it hurt? It’s not as though Abreu will be blocking some stud flychaser’s path to the big leagues. And hey, he could turn out to be this year’s Marlon Byrd. Just don’t, um, bet the house on it.

And hey, if he makes it to Flushing, Bartolo Colon will have a tag-team partner at the buffet table! (Oh, yes, I did …)

Comment away …

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Bobby April 1, 2014 at 12:54 pm
    Can he close? Bobby P with a partial tear in his UCL. Will probably miss the rest of the season.
    • Joe Janish April 1, 2014 at 1:13 pm
      Oh jeez … I spend a half hour eating lunch and this happens.

      Thanks for the tip.

  2. argonbunnies April 1, 2014 at 2:34 pm
    Abreu needs one stolen base to get to 400 for his career. Where else could you find a more highly-motivated pinch-runner?

    On a team with its other holes filled, I’d happily accept Abreu as a “keep the rally going” pinch hitter. I don’t think these Mets can spend a roster spot on that, though.

  3. The King April 1, 2014 at 10:50 pm
    How about a trade with LAD for Mike Baxter. Mike Baxter? Good enough for LAD, not good enough for the Amazins’. Amazing.
  4. Mistal15 April 4, 2014 at 8:49 am
    Or Justin Turner for that matter… It’s like the Mets do the complete opposite to logic. Duda at 1st over Davis, not enough hustle out of JT when the guy flat out rakes and can play every position but pitcher and catcher…