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 …)
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