The New York Mets, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, are looking for a veteran outfielder to “serve as outfield depth” on a minor league deal. A specific name mentioned by Heyman was Bobby Abreu. Abreu, 40, was released by the Philadelphia Phillies after he failed to make their 25-man roster out of Spring Training.
The Mets’ desire to add outfield depth seems strange when considering what the team’s weaknesses are. Bullpen, shortstop and first base are all positions that the Mets either don’t have depth at or just don’t have a good player at. The team has several outfielders: Curtis Granderson, Eric Young Jr. and Chris Young are the starting outfield, while Lucas Duda, Juan Lagares and Andrew Brown are on the bench.
As for Abreu, signing with another NL team would be a mistake. However, if the Mets are his only option, I’m not going to tell him not to accept an offer if they choose to give him one. Abreu hit fairly well in the spring with the Phillies, but the reason he didn’t make their 25-man roster despite the team’s weak bench was his poor defense.
In 52 plate appearances, Abreu hit for a .244/.404/.366 triple-slash line with three doubles and one triple. One thing Abreu has always had is plate discipline. The veteran outfielder has walked in 14.7 percent of his career plate appearances. His good eye was still there in the spring, as he walked in 10 plate appearances while striking out in just six.
Signing Abreu wouldn’t be the worst thing for the Mets, but it just doesn’t seem to be a great fit. Playing in the NL isn’t ideal for Abreu; he profiles as a designated hitter at this point in his career, and the NL doesn’t provide that luxury.
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