Mets interested in Bobby Abreu, who signs with the Phillies

Posted: January 22, 2014 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven InmanimagesCAU5LIB3

The Mets have lost out on another outfielder to the Phillies that they liked, as OF/DH Bobby Abreu has resigned with Philadelphia. Abreu, 39, did not play in major league baseball last season but had a very strong showing for his winter league team in Venezuela.

Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens was his manager in Venezuela and according to Jon Heyman the Mets were very close to signing Abreu for their bench.

Abreu who turns 40 in March really can’t play a position anymore so it would handicap a Mets bench that already have two backup 1B’s on it and only four outfielders on the roster. The Phillies seem to specialize in  signing older players who can’t play the field anymore such as Matt Stairs and bringing back Jim Thome a two years ago.

Abreu was a star for the Phillies for nine seasons before playing for teams such as the Yankees, Angels and Dodgers.

Even if Abreu can hit at this stage of his career, his best days are clearly behind him and the Mets are fortunate that he chose to play in Philadelphia over New York in my opinion.

  1. Mike Young says:

    Once upon a time Bobby Abreu was a young and promising 5 tool player getting ready to emerge. Once upon a time Bobby Abreu won the HR Derby at the mid season break. That Bobby Abreu is now gone forever. It happens. Baseball players age before our eyes in a relatively short period of time and then they are done. This is the last hurrah for Bobby Abreu. Better he has it with the Phillies than the Mets. Lets him and Marlon Byrd, another old Phillies player, hit in the same lineup next year. If that happens and either Wheeler or Syndergaard are pitching for the Mets hopefully either one of them will strike both of them out back to back in the same inning with the go ahead runners in scoring position. If and when that happens we may see the Mets transform into the winners we want them to become right before our eyes. Lets Go Mets!

    • Steven Inman says:

      Mike the Mets are going about things in the right way. They are getting younger, especially with pitching. I can’t say the same about the Phillies who continue to get older and refuse to just rebuild already. The longer they take to rebuild the longer it will take for them to get back to the dominant team we all knew and hated. Thanks for the comment!

  2. […] his high OBP despite his advanced age. We wrote about the Mets interest in Abreu this off season here. Abreu didn’t make the Phillies roster and was granted his […]

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