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Mets re-sign Bobby Abreu to minor league deal

Just days after designating him for assignment, the Mets have brought back Bobby Abreu on a minor league deal.

Mike Stobe

The New York Mets have re-signed veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu to a minor league deal, per a club announcement. Abreu signed a minor league contract with the Mets in March and spent the majority of the season at the major league level before being designated for assignment and released last week.

The 40-year-old Abreu will report to Triple-A Las Vegas, where he spent time earlier this season, hitting .395/.489/.579 in 45 plate appearances. It appears likely that he will return to the majors once rosters expand on September 1st.

Abreu hit .238/.331/.336 with a 93 OPS+ and -0.7 WAR in a 142 plate appearance comeback stint with the Mets this season, after sitting out all of 2013. He got off to a blistering start, holding a near-.900 OPS through the start of June, but his production dropped significantly, and he batted only .181/.286/.222 from June 1st through his release. He was still clearly showing an ability to reach base via the walk, though he was delivering negative value pretty much everywhere else, especially on defense where he had a -35.8 UZR/150 and -8 defensive runs saved.