Buzz around the blogosphere is Bobby Abreu will be joining the Mets in Flushing by game time tonight.
Abreu has an opt-out clause in his minor-league deal that expires on April 30. He’s hitting .395 with a .489 OBP in 45 plate appearances in AAA Las Vegas, so the argument is “you can’t keep a good man down.” I suppose he slots in as the top pinch-hitter off the bench.
As of this morning, no corresponding move had been announced. Considering Abreu bats from the left side and plays the outfield, pundits suggest Kirk Nieuwenhuis will be demoted. Others say Andrew Brown. Since it’s my nature to have the opposing viewpoint, I’ll offer up Josh Satin, who is off to a rough start and may not be fit for a pinch-hitting role. But then who will be the backup first baseman, you ask? Easy — Andrew Brown, who began his pro career as a corner infielder and has played over 240 minor league games at 1B (as well as another 42 at 3B). Now that Lucas Duda has been installed as the starting first baseman, perhaps the Mets will go all the way in providing confidence by jettisoning Josh Satin. Satin is the main backup to David Wright, as well, but how often will Wright be on the bench — especially now that he’s on a hot streak? Omar Quintanilla can handle 3B, and Brown should be able to play a few innings there as well, in a pinch.
Most likely, it won’t happen — the Mets will probably demote an outfielder. But hey, it’s more fun to think out of the box.
What do you think? Who should head to Las Vegas to make room for Abreu? Answer in the comments.
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