Phillies sign Bobby Abreu, who almost signed with Mets

The Phillies have signed Bobby Abreu to a minor league deal, the team announced. Prior to signing with Philly, Abreu nearly signed a deal with the Mets (Rubin).

Abreu didn’t play in the MLB in 2013, but has had a strong Winter League season in Venezuela, where his team’s manager was Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens (Crasnick). Abreu will turn 40 in March.




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swifty
swifty

let's just bring back the 69 mets.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Didn't this guy play with Satchel Paige?  Does anyone want to see this guy in RF? How much could he possibly have left in the tank? And while we're on the subject how about shitcanning the idea of Duda in the OF. We saw how well that worked last year.

Ed Renner
Ed Renner

Another "almost" sign for these Mets genius's who are going backwards. Lucas back in the outfield....Abreu who is 90 years old. Same old garbage from this Management Team. Can't say I am thrilled with a 41 year old pitcher, a .230 hitter and a .200 hitter and a career losing pitcher. Is this supposed to make us excited about YOUR 2014 NY METS????

eric88
eric88

Just read online that the NY METS have the audacity to have the SECOND highest ticket prices in ALL of MLB behind the World Champion RED SOX !!! The average price at CITI is $77.10 outpacing the NY YANKEES who were 3rd at $74.69!!  Those two teams are always at or well over the 189 million dollar salary cap and Win. We are not even half the amount at 85 million for14 and we loose. The Mets are also 3rd highest in MLB in TV contracts. What a slap in the face to us, the Met fans. people site Madoff.but the lawsuit settlement due in 2016 is for 186 million. Recall that last year the Wilponzies sold 200 million in 20 million dollar shares. If the Mets payroll was even 120 million this year we could have secured the players to contend. By the way , the Mets are number 1 in MLB at in stadium advertising revenue. I can not go to Citi in 14 or spend a dime on this team!

Bringback86
Bringback86

Like the Mets, this blog seems to be losing some of it's fan base.  Comments appear to be decreasing.

vipregan
vipregan

Instead of Metsblog this site should be called AdamRubinblog.com.

mystere24
mystere24

Any signing to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training is worthwhile with potential upside and no downside risk. This one in particular is also a nod to nostalgia and an "Easter Egg" for the Philly Fanatic fan base. The Mets did this in 1997 with ome of my favorite all-time Mets players, Hojo, who subsequently retired:

http://www.nytimes.com/1997/03/27/sports/johnson-is-cut-and-retires-as-a-met.html

Would love to see them bring in Sizemore if he wants to come here but, again, he really has his pick of team since there's no risk to anyone. It's a shame when a player this talented gets so derailed by injuries. It's not easy to make it back. Many never do.

1harris1
1harris1

LOL. So I see our Mets were in the Abreu sweepstakes after all.

tommets
tommets

Great story. Very newsworthy. I care very much about a has-been that the Mets almost signed. 

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

The Phillies are as old as the Yankees, except with about a quarter of the talent. Now THAT'S a recipe for success!

Sidd
Sidd

Bring Lastings Milledge back from Japan.

bsp123
bsp123

The Phillies are trying to strike Marlon Bryd gold twice

Carl Rock
Carl Rock

I remember a game specifically against the Mets where Abreu wanted no part of the wall in Philly. Not long after he was traded to the Yankees.

tk2120
tk2120

more news that almost did or didnt happen..........

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Before we start ripping the Phillies for signing dinosaurs, keep in mind that Bartolo Colon will be 41 in May. 

Dan Asnis
Dan Asnis

 Can the Phillies get any older? 

Who's Next Jamie Moyer?

 Would Pat Burrell be up for a comeback if Amaro called him? 

What is Scott Rolen up to?

matt520
matt520

Ruben Amaro is gone by the end of this upcoming season

matt520
matt520

dodged a bullet here.

I'm all for a little more outfield help but it should be GRADY SIZEMORE!

He makes so much sense (assuming his asking price is not crazy). Tons of upside, still only 31, and say he stays healthy and performs well....you know sandy could flip him at the deadline for more young players.

selldamets
selldamets

But lo and behold, the Phillies offered him cash whereas the Mets offered him some Amway gift certificates and a fastpass at Shake Shack....

hankypanky
hankypanky

We don't "loose". We LOSE, dammit.

gloveman
gloveman

@eric88 if they really were the business people they think they are they would seriously lower prices to pack the house rather than price the tickets to try to pay the bills with small crowds of rich folks. That's what the Yanks are for! How much more in concessions would they sell with another 10,000 fans in the seats each game? Clueless. 

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@eric88 Wow! That is disgusting. That is a huge F you to the fans. I used to go to about 5-10 games a year but didn't go last year just because of the way they have been nickle and diming this franchise. Will definitely not go this year. 

Coq de Pierre
Coq de Pierre

@Bringback86  Absolutely. Everyone's over at Metsmer-eyes-d now. Much better content, much better comments section.

Cerrone's trying to make it appear less dramatic, by whoring for Facebook comments, putting up old articles (to add to the old comment stats), etc. But ultimately, it's a ghost town. I'm sure he'll tell us this is all part of his Super Genius New Media Strategy, tho.....

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Steven Matregrano I'd say the injury risk is much higher with Sizemore.  The guy has basically been injured for the last 5 years.

ltkmetsref
ltkmetsref

@bsp123Wouldn't they have had to strike it the first time before they strike it again?   That said, minor league deals are easy.   There's very little risk in offering a player like this a minor league deal.

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

@John J. Cucci III not saying abreu is any good, but i see value in bringing any outfielder with some prior major league success like a marlon byrd.  It sounds like your dead set on Lagarus CY and EY being good and i don't know why.

ponzies86
ponzies86

@Macacawitz 41 years old and still striking out batters like if he was in his early 30's

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Dan Asnis It's a minor league contract.  Not a big deal.  Might have been done as a favor to Abreu to showcase him to other teams in spring training.

stemog
stemog

@matt520 Sounds like he's headed to the Reds. I would've liked him, too.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@selldamets In this case does it matter?  Did you really want a 40 year old outfielder who didn't play last year signed to a contract to play in Vegas?

John J. Cucci III
John J. Cucci III

@Mike Dell Italia@John J. Cucci III We need depth, for sure.  Marlon Byrd was in great physical shape when he came to camp.  I'm not sure Abreu has the legs to run down fly balls in Citi.  I do, however, think that Granderson, Lagares, CY and EYJ is a pretty good start.  EYJ will fill for all 3 periodically.  But, I agree with you that we need more depth.

matt520
matt520

@stemog@matt520 Ya I read the same thing and im hoping sandy gets involved last minute. He would be a nice risk/reward player

matt520
matt520

@Hodges14@matt520 He played at least 158 games in 4 straight seasons (two of those he played 162) I know he is incredibly injury prone as of late but no one can deny his talent. What is the risk in signing him to a low base high incentive contract?

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

@John J. Cucci III @Mike Dell Italia i do like our current outfielder but there is no doubt there are some questions marks,  I agree with you on abreu, I'm jus saying that bringing guys that have had success in the league isn't such a bad idea, your not going to be married to the guy and you never know you can catch lighting in a bottle

matt520
matt520

@John J. Cucci III If it is a minor league deal then there is absolutely no excuse for the mets not to be in.

I can not speak to his current health, I don't attend his workouts, but if this guy is basically back in baseball shape and healthy...he is worth taking a flier on