Mets dump Abreu, promote Nieuwenhuis

August, 4, 2014
Aug 4
4:48
PM ET
NEW YORK -- The Mets designated Bobby Abreu for assignment after Monday's 4-3 series-ending loss to the Giants. Kirk Nieuwenhuis is due to join the Mets from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Abreu, 40, said he hopes to continue his major-league career. Regardless, he plans to play winter ball again in Venezuela beginning in October, so he's not finished as a player.

"I want to keep playing. I love this game," Abreu said. "I have to just see if there's going to be any offers or something."

He expressed gratitude to the Mets for reviving his career after being out of baseball in 2013.

"It was a big step for me, to be out one year and make a comeback this year," Abreu said. "To hear this news right now, it's not going to put me down. I'm just going to stay with my head up. I'm going to keep working hard and see if there's any news. All I can say is when you want it, just go out there and work hard and stay positive and good things are going to come up."

Abreu also spoke about being a positive influence on Wilmer Flores, Ruben Tejada and Juan Lagares. He indicated he would like to be a hitting coach someday. "I'd like to see if I can pass all the stuff that I know to these guys," he said about coaching.

As for his influence on the Mets' young Latin American players, Abreu added: "We talked a lot about hitting, approach and everything. Wilmer is one of those guys, he's got power and he can hit a lot of balls in the gap. What I say to them is, 'Make sure you look for your pitch to hit. Just go up there and be aggressive, but look for a good pitch to hit. And don't ever be afraid to fail. Just go out there and do your thing. You already know how to do it. You're here in the big leagues for a reason. You're not here for nothing.'"

Abreu was hitless in his final 22 at-bats as a pinch hitter and 2-for-31 during the season in that role. Overall, he hit .238 with one home run and 14 RBIs in 122 at-bats with the Mets.

"It's not that easy coming off the bench, especially when you're used to playing every day," Abreu said.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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