40-year-old Bobby Abreu stole the 400th base of his career in the top of the eighth inning last night against the Phillies. In doing so, he joined a pretty cool club:
Two Hall of Famers and one should-be Hall of Famer, depending on your perspective. Not bad. Not bad at all.
After not playing in the majors last year, Abreu has been a nice find for the Mets so far in 2014. He’s batting .304/.389/.478 through 54 plate appearances. Oddly, the Mets have fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens to thank for Abreu, as he recommended signing him after he managed him in the Venezuelan Winter League.
As our own Matthew Pouliot wrote last night, Abreu reached 4,000 total bases earlier this week and now ranks 84th all-time in that category. He needs 49 hits to reach 2,500 hits for his career and 12 home runs to reach 300.
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.