The New York Mets have designated veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu for assignment after today’s loss to the San Francisco Giants. Abreu’s run with the Mets got off to a really good start as he was able to contribute to the team in limited playing time. Once Abreu started to get more at-bats, that’s when his numbers started to diminish and it looked like the wheels were starting to fall off of the 40 year-old.
For the year, Abreu batted .238 with one home run and 14 RBI’s, it was a good story while it lasted but now was definitely the time to make this call. Over the month of July, Abreu batted .111 and it became clear that he was no longer going to be able to make an impact for the Mets. There were some good moments for sure in his short time with the Mets but his age perhaps has caught up with him.
This may mark the end of the line for Abreu. It is a shame that his 18 year career may be over, but it was a move that the Mets had to make at this time. It could have happened sooner but the Mets gave him multiple opportunities to find his way at the plate. The departure of Abreu opens up an opportunity for a young outfielder to come up and take his place off the bench.
The Mets have chosen to recall fellow left-handed hitting outfield Kirk Nieuwenhuis. This will be his third stint with the Mets this season and hopefully the third time is the charm for Nieuwenhuis who is looking to land a spot on this roster for the remainder of the season. If Nieuwenhuis can be productive for the Mets he might be the short term answer to the ongoing problem they have in left field.
If this is in fact the end of Abreu’s career, it is truly the end to one great ride. Over his 18 year career, Abreu was a two time All-Star, he collected 2,466 hits, hit 288 home runs and batted .291. This season Abreu swiped his 400th career base which is a big time milestone. Most of all, Abreu is a class act and that is what he will be remembered for.