He's back, guys. On Thursday afternoon, the Mets announced that they have signed left-handed outfielder Bobby Abreu to a minor league contract for the second time this season. Just like the first time, Abreu will report to Triple-A Las Vegas.
It was just days ago that the Mets announced the official release of Abreu, whose patience at the plate provided a solid blueprint for the club's young hitters to follow. However, Abreu's lack of power and defense made him expendable, especially considering the presence of other left-handed outfielders like Kirk Nieuwenhuis and the surging Matt den Dekker.
In 142 plate appearances for the Mets this season, Abreu has hit .238/.331/.336 with 18 walks and 21 strikeouts. He earned a roster spot with the team by hitting .395/.489/.579 in 45 Las Vegas plate appearances to start his campaign. This time around, Abreu is unlikely to be called back up to Queens unless den Dekker or Nieuwenhuis struggles mightily.