The Mets announced today that they will add Bobby Abreu and Gonzalez Germen to the team's roster when it returns home to face the Colorado Rockies on Monday night at Citi Field. Both players have appeared with the Mets this season but were with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s until that team was eliminated from the Pacific Coast League playoffs last night.
The 40-year-old Abreu first signed with the Mets after the Phillies cut him at the end of spring training this year. He played in Vegas until he was called up to the Mets in late April. He hit an impressive .308/.385/.462 through his first 91 plate appearances with the team, but he struggled mightily over his next 51 plate appearances before the Mets designated him for assignment and released him. But the team brought Abreu back shortly thereafter on another minor league deal, and he rejoined the 51s.
Germen has had a couple of brief stints with the Mets this year and has a 5.27 ERA and 5.87 FIP in 27.2 innings in the big leagues this year. While his strikeout rate has been pretty good, his walk rate has been below-average, and he has really struggled with giving up home runs.
With that, the team's 40-man roster will be full. Germen was already on it, but Abreu will have to be added and will occupy the last vacant spot.