Monday, April 21, 2014
Mets News: Mets call up veteran OF Bobby Abreu
The Mets have called up veteran Bobby Abreu from Triple-A after Sunday’s 14-inning 4-3 win over the Braves.
He is expected to join the team before Monday night’s series opener with the Cardinals at Citi Field. No corresponding move was announced.
Abreu signed a minor-league deal with the Mets this spring after being released by the Phillies. His contract has an opt-out if he was not called up to the majors by April 30.
In 15 games with Las Vegas, Abreu was hitting .395 with four doubles, a home run and nine RBI.
The 40-year old rightfielder last played in the majors in 2012, hitting .242 in stints with the Angels and Dodgers.
Over the winter, Abreu played for Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens in Venezuela. Hudgens said in the spring that Abreu’s hitting style fits in well with the Mets philosophical approach. He also felt he would be a good role model for the younger Mets hitters..
In 17 years in the majors, Abreu is a two-time All Star who is a career .292 hitter with 287 home runs and 1,349 RBI, though he hasn’t hit over .255 in four years.