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Rumor Mill: Mets inquire about Abreu

According to The Post, the Mets and the Yankees have both asked the Phillies about the availability of Bobby Abreu.

Until now, the Yanks were expected to be the lone New York club pursuing Abreu. However, two sources confirmed to The Post that the Mets recently contacted Phillies GM Pat Gillick to say that if Abreu, closer Tom Gordon or starter Jon Lieber are made available before the July 31 non-waiver deadline, to count the Mets in.
Abreu has seen a power outage since last season's homerun derby, but he is still slugging around .500 and his on-base percentage is right around .450, which is ungodly. He is 18-for-22 in stolen bases to boot. It's uncertain whether the Phillies would actually trade Abreu within the division, as well as what the Mets would have to give up in such a deal, complicated by the fact that Abreu is owed $15 million in 2007 and has a $16 million team option in 2008.