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Mets promote Bobby Abreu; Option Andrew Brown

The Mets promoted Bobby Abreu from Triple-A for Monday’s game, the team announced.


4:15 pm: Terry Collins said Monday that he will occasionally start Abreu in the outfield, but he will mostly be used as a pinch hitter.

“Bobby certainly brings a quality major-league bat late in games,” said Collins.


3:33 pm: Abreu, who will wear No. 53, told reporters he expects to be a pinch hitter, play some outfield, and act as a DH during Interleague games.


2:40 pm: Andrew Brown has been optioned to the minor leagues to make room for Abreu on the roster.


Abreu was signed at the end of March as a free agent. He had been hitting .412 with a .500 OBP in 40 plate appearances for Triple-A Las Vegas. He has four doubles and six RBI, but no home runs. He has played three games in the outfield, but mostly served as designated hitter.

The 40-year-old last played in the major leagues in 2012 with the Dodgers and Angels.

Abreu played for Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens in Venezuela in Winter Ball (DiComo, March 31).




410 comments
Vic Scarpelli
Vic Scarpelli

So Kirk down when lagares is back? Kinda pointless there but whatever

Mike Feinberg
Mike Feinberg

As Ike Davis hits a grand slam for Pittsburgh

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

That makes sense, they're 0-3 against left handers.  So just put another left handed bat on the bench and send a right handed hitter down to Vegas.

Does not compute!

tw22
tw22

OK, get Abreu in the lineup 3 days a week and either pull the trigger on a shortstop or sign Drew and we might have ourselves the makings of a wild card contender.

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

Don't know why so many are ragging on this move. It's a late-game pinch hitter and occasional spot starter, people. In a close game, I'd rather a guy like Abreu getting that pinch-hit appearance than Kirk or Brown. Abreu still has a great idea of the strike zone, and has been hitting well both in winter ball and at AAA. Not like he's coming up here and the Mets are making him the starting RF and No. 3 hitter. Perspective, please.

thebukaman
thebukaman

the Hebrew home in Riverdale has some more call-ups in the very near future......No fear...Sandy is here!

Marc Galatioto
Marc Galatioto

don't think we'll see d.h. in n.l. anytime soon.

upstater
upstater

So the two guys who hit home runs to win games are gone, 18 games into the season. How can this be considered a front office that knows what it is doing?

rubiconx0
rubiconx0

What a waste of a signing, always a collection of has beens, never was and never will be's, thats our proud owners and GM!! How about addressing the sorry short stop situation once and for all? Anyone thinks Duda is the long term solution is dreaming!

Rob DeGeronimo
Rob DeGeronimo

Maybe he can teach our team not whiff all the time. He had a great eye at the plate. How is this guy still playing? He couldn't run down a flyball 5 years ago.

brmets
brmets

Mets have already played 30% of the games this season in which they will need a DH.  Will only have two games from now until the end of June.  Seems like a bit of a waste. 

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

I like this upgrade. Brown, despite the fluke homer off Strasburg just isn't a major league hitter. He barely gives competitive abs. At the very least in Abreu you have someone that has a good an eye as anyone and will be selective with what he swings at in a big spot.

lgm101290
lgm101290

This whole issue is a part of a larger problem. Abreu is going to be a bat off the bench, perhaps he can give more quality at bats in tight situations. Brown is a career minor league commodity. Look at the "platoon" outfielders on our roster, they are all the vaunted AAAA players. 


Nieuwenhuis - .237 in MLB/.276 in MILB

Brown - .222 in MLB/.286 in MILB

Young Jr. - .256 in MLB/.297 in MILB

Our outfield is an interesting bunch. Granderson has a track record of power with high K's. Young has some power but he also K's a good amount. Lagares has the potential to be something solid. 2 or 3 years from now Lagares and maybe Granderson will be the only OF's left on the roster. They are all stop gap.

jlga
jlga

Why? This a 40 year old who can't play defense. We have more than enough outfielders. So why bring him up to bump a kid off the roster?

Maybe he is better than Brown. But let's give the kids a chance so we can find out, instead of using old nobodies who will be gone next year. This is not how you build a team.

stage52
stage52

Word out of Philadelphia was Abreu was not old enough to make the roster.  LOL

TheJMan
TheJMan

Finally.. the missing piece to championship puzzle!!!

mets1962
mets1962

Why do Mets need a washed up 40 yr outfielder who hits lft handed? Not that Brown is any answer but why Abreu? Why now?

zoddie
zoddie

BOOOO!  Give Brown more at bats.  He's younger and can play the OF.


For anyone impressed with Abreu's AAA stats, take a look at what Brown has done in over 1000 PAs in AAA-


.305/.383/.570 (.953 OPS)

metjetnet
metjetnet

Kirk was the smarter send down option. Losing Brown takes away any RH pop from the bench other than Recker, who is a last use option as a catcher. Now the bench is waaay too LF. Kirk is the better all-around use player, but we needed that RH bat.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@tw22 And who which two will be sitting three days a week, Duda, Granderson, C. Young, E. Young, or Lageres when he gets back.

Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor

@Andrew SodergrenSo now it's not just a pinch hitter who admittedly is probably an upgrade but who wasnt even in baseball last year. Now he needs starts in the outfield to stay sharp, who are they going to sit to get Abreu his spot starts, if he's such a professional hitter his job is to stay sharp. How many games - 1 out of 10? 15? - are we going to have a 40 year old in the outfield while either granderson, ey, cy, or lagaress sits.

jamets
jamets

@Will Keesee But 6 of the Braves games have been against the Mets.  So are you sure its not our offense making their mediocre pitching staff look good?

jamets
jamets

@upstater What kind of twisted logic is that?  We're supposed to hold onto a guy just because he got a game winning hit?  Even if he is not contributing at all?  I guess Cowgill should still be our CFer then, right?

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Careful with this analysis. You're only looking at batting average and using some of LV's stats which are 100% meaningless in this type of evaluation.

jamets
jamets

@theteacherchris @metsblog And he will only DH against RH pitchers, so he probably won't even start all 7 of those games.  

But so what?  The Mets have carried a veteran pinch-hitter who didn't play D for most of their history, even when there were no interleague games.  From Kranepool to Staub to Franco...its good to have those guys around when you need a PH to face the other team's closer in a 1 run game.  You'd rather Kirk or Brown?

Mike
Mike

@jlga  Brown is a young nobody who will be gone next year. At least Abreu can take a few pitches and has a better chance of getting on base when he gets up in his pinch hitting role which is what he will be for the majority of the season. 


It makes sense, sure he wont be here next year but wouldn't you rather the younger guys who could be part of the future get reps on the farm instead of rotting on the bench?

TheJMan
TheJMan

@Victor Triguero it's a move that doesn't inspire a lot of confidence guy


better than brown? sure.. but lipstick on a pig dude


and they are so loaded with left handed bats ..

anymos
anymos

@mets1962 Because he's a better hitter and a better option off the bench than Brown.  Not that difficult a concept to grasp.

anymos
anymos

@zoddie Its not what Abreu and Brown have done in their minor league careers that matters- its what Abreu has done in the majors that Brown has not.

jamets
jamets

The bench is 3 lefties and 2 righties.  Considering 75% of pitchers are RH, this is better than having 3 righties and only 2 lefties. 

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

@Paul Taylor @Andrew SodergrenI honestly don't think we'll see Abreu in OF that much unless there's an injury. As another poster said, Mets have carried a guy like this throughout most of their history (Kranepool, Rusty Staub, Julio Franco, Lenny Harris, Matt Franco, etc.), a guy whose main job is late-game pinch hitter. Don't have a problem with it really.

upstater
upstater

@jamets @upstaterNo, you're supposed to make sound judgments in Spring Training and then give guys a chance. 16 games is not a chance. Last few years, the 24th and 25th men have all been cut very early. Why can't they make the right moves in ST?

jamets
jamets

@rubiconx0 @BringBackDaveTelghe 
 Definitely not a waste.  He won't get a lot of at bats, but they're going to be important at bats, late in games.  And at this point, I rather Abreu taking them than Brown or Niewenhuis.

jlga
jlga

If they get reps in AAA the team doesn't use them in the majors. We keep young pitchers in Las Vegas and use scrap heap castoffs like Valverde or Lannan or Farnsworth. We sign over the hill players rather than seeing what the kids can do in the majors.

The exception is Tejada, who can't play but remains on the roster. But whether it's Flores or Montero or Syndeggard or DeGrom or anyone young we're more interested in how long we can control them rather than trying to build a team.

Mike
Mike

@TheJMan @Victor Triguero  who else would you want on the bench? let the younger guys play every day and as the season falls apart call them up when they can get regular at bats as they take a look towards the future.  


Sure Abreu is not someone who is going to get you excited but he is the perfect fit in the pinch hitter role

cbbruuno
cbbruuno

@Andrew Sodergren @Paul Taylor  You have to understand, the same people who are freaking out about the move for god knows what reason are going to be the ones demanding he start over Granderson after he gets his first hit and yelling about how TC is a bum for not doing it. These are professional complainers.

upstater
upstater

@jamets @rubiconx0@BringBackDaveTelgheLet's say Abreu hits .300 and one of these other guys would hit .240. That is a difference of 1 hit in 16 games. If a pinch hitter gets up every other game, that's 80 AB in a year or a 5 hit difference over the season. Worth it?

James
James

@jlga  Two different set of problems, a player like Flores is MUCH better served getting daily play in AAA then sitting on the bench and getting a few PH and a few innings on the field a week.  The role Abreu will be filling on this team is much better served by an "old has been" then by a kid who might have a future.  And he is also better than Brown who is young and doesn't have a future (or a present).


The problem with the kids that might actually make a difference is something I agree more about and says loudly and clearly that we are more interested in next year than this year with the product on the field.  I don't completely disagree with that so I am not as upset by it, but I agree with that half of the point.


Abreu though is a nice bit move that could win us a couple games this year, not a bad move