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.