The Mets released Bobby Abreu earlier this month, re-signed him to a minor-league deal this past Friday and expect to bring him back to the big-league club after rosters expand in September, a team official told reporter Adam Rubin (ESPN, Aug. 18).
“Whenever we sign a veteran player to a minor-league deal, we think about the impact he may or may not have on younger players,” Paul DePodesta told Rubin this past weekend. “We certainly believed Bobby could have a positive influence in addition to his on-field performance.”
Rubin says Abreu has expressed interest in being a hitting coach after his playing days are over.
“As far as I know, there haven’t been promises made about the future, playing or otherwise, but we’re always on the lookout for guys who can continue to have an impact in uniform beyond their playing days,” DePodesta said.
Abreu, who has 2,466 career hits, hit only .238 with one home run and 14 RBI in 122 at-bats with the Mets earlier this season.