NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Mets are kicking the tires on Bobby Abreu as a potential insurance policy in the outfield, according to WFAN and baseball insider Jon Heyman.

If the Mets decide to bring him in, Abreu could sit in wait at Triple-A or serve as a left-handed bat off the bench, Heyman reported.

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 40-year-old hasn’t played a major league game since 2012.

The Mets have five outfielders — Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares, Chris Young, Eric Young Jr. and Andrew Brown — on their opening day roster.

Abreu, a two-time All-Star, hit .244 with three doubles, a triple and two RBIs this spring, but appeared sluggish in the field.

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