What a roller coaster of a tenure it’s been for Asdrubal Cabrera in a Mets uniform.
New York wanted to bump him off shortstop last season, to which he requested a trade out of town. Then, he retracted his statements and said he was content being with the Mets as the team exercised their club option on him.
He was set to be penciled in as the Opening Day third baseman in 2018, but when the Amazin’s signed Todd Frazier, they shifted Cabrera over to second.
Now, Joel Sherman of the New York Post is reporting the crosstown rival New York Yankees could attempt to swing a trade for the veteran infielder.
The 32-year-old hit to a .280/.351/.434 clip with 14 homers and 59 RBI in 540 plate appearances for the Mets last season. The offense is the best part of his game, as he struggles overall defensively.
In the field, Cabrera actually has better stats at third than second. In 350.1 innings at the hot corner in 2017, he was good for one defensive run saved (DRS) and had a -2.6 UZR. At second, he registered a -6 DRS and a 0.9 UZR in 274.1 innings played.
The Yankees have been rumored to be fond of Mike Moustakas, but with their large contracts on the books, signing him would push them over the luxury tax threshold.
Cabrera could prove to be a more affordable option for them and give them some versatility in the infield. Sherman also highlights a handful of other options the Yankees could pursue via trade or free agency.
Cabrera will earn $8.5 million this season before hitting free agency.
This is intriguing. I don’t think the Mets would balk at trading Cabrera, especially if someone like the Yankees absorbed his contract.
I wonder if they would choose to trade Cabrera, then hit the open market and bring someone like Neil Walker back.
The Mets have always been fond of Walker and even kicked around the idea of signing him to a multi-year extension during his time in Queens.
He’s still a free agent and with Spring Training coming up, they could potentially land him on a short-term, team-friendly deal.
Just some food for thought, but it’s interesting if this is just speculation, or if anything substantial will come out of this.