NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Mets are hoping an old rival can add some pop to their lineup.
Outfielder Bobby Abreu will join the Mets on Monday for the opener of a four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. His contract has been selected from Triple-A Las Vegas, and Andrew Brown has been optioned.
The 40-year-old slugger was released by Philadelphia in late March and landed with New York on a minor league deal shortly afterward. The two-time All-Star hasn’t played a major league game since 2012.
Abreu is a career .292 hitter with 287 home runs over 17 seasons, including parts of nine seasons with the Phillies and a stint with the New York Yankees.
Some said Abreu appeared sluggish in the field during spring training with Philadelphia. But the Mets have a glut of athletic outfielders — including Chris Young, Eric Young Jr. and Curtis Granderson — who can cover plenty of ground when the Mets have Abreu, a left-handed batter, in the lineup. Center fielder Juan Lagares is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.
“I lost a lot of weight,” Abreu recently told the New York Times. “I don’t know how much. Just a lot.”
Abreu has been raking at Triple-A Las Vegas, hitting .395 with one home run, four doubles and nine RBIs in 15 games.
“He’s still Bobby Abreu,” Triple-A manager Wally Backman told the Times.
The Mets (9-9) have the lowest batting average in the National League at .224. They also have the most strikeouts (177) and are near the bottom of the barrel with 12 home runs.
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