While Everth Cabrera is very much available, and while the Mets are still reportedly looking for an upgrade at shortstop, team sources told ESPN New York that he is not a consideration.
On Friday, Kristie Ackert of the Daily News reported that several teams have legitimate concerns about Cabrera’s “checkered” past including the Mets.
Cabrera became a free agent after the San Diego Padres cut ties and non-tendered him on Tuesday. It’s believed that mounting concerns over his legal issues led to that decision. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on charges of driving under the influence of marijuana and resisting arrest.
The former All-Star was also suspended 50 games for his involvement in the Biogenesis, and previously faced domestic violence assault charges against his wife which were eventually dismissed.
Before yesterday’s deadline, San Diego non-tendered shortstop Everth Cabrera, who was once considered a core player and future star for the Padres. Cabrera made $2.45 million in 2014 and was eligible for arbitration.
Cabrera, 28, has missed significant time the last two seasons due to a Biogenesis suspension, hamstring injuries, and off the field issues. He was arrested on Sept. 3 for suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana, but the charge was later reduced to resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.
In 2013, Cabrera was selected as an all-star, batted .283 with a .355 on-base and .381 slugging, and was leading the league in stolen bases with 37 at the time of his suspension. In addition to that, he also led the National League in stolen bases in 2012 with 44.
This past season, his numbers weren’t nearly as good as he batted just .232/.272/.300 over a span of 90 games. However, Cabrera is worth taking a chance on, as he brings solid defense to a position the Mets are looking to improve in, and would be a solid leadoff hitter who can wreak havoc on the base paths.
“I made some bad moves,” Cabrera said last evening. “But I know I can do a lot of things in this game. I’ve thought, ‘What am I doing? That’s not Everth Cabrera. What happened with Everth Cabrera?’ Now I’m hungry to be one of the best shortstops in the game, to be a better player, to work harder, to be better every single day.”
Despite his issues, Cabrera is still a worthy target for the Mets. His defense alone makes him an immediate upgrade at shortstop, but his plus-speed could give the Mets a potentially solid leadoff option.
Is he a risk? Yes. But at the very least, Cabrera won’t cost a ton of money, won’t require draft pick compensation, and still has loads of potential at a relatively young age.