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Mets Sign 40-Year-Old Outfielder Bobby Abreu To Minors Deal

Bobby Abreu (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Bobby Abreu (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Mets have signed outfielder Bobby Abreu to a minor-league contract, the club announced on Monday night.

He will report to Triple-A Las Vegas.

On Monday afternoon, before the Amazin’s fell to the Nationals on Opening Day, WFAN/CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reported that general manager Sandy Alderson was kicking the tires on the 40-year-old as a potential insurance policy in the outfield.

The veteran slugger was released by the Philadelphia Phillies last week after failing to make the opening-day roster.

Abreu is a career .292 hitter with 287 home runs over 17 seasons. The two-time All-Star and ex-Yankee hasn’t played a major-league game since 2012.

New York has five outfielders — Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares, Chris Young, Eric Young, Jr. and Andrew Brown — on the 25-man roster. Lucas Duda can also play the outfield.

Abreu, a former Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award winner, hit .244 with three doubles, a triple and two RBIs this spring, but appeared sluggish in the field.

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