Contract status and trade rumors
Cabrera’s contract is up at the end of the 2017 season and there are all kinds of questions that will be set to surround the Mets. He and Neil Walker may have been originally viewed as shorter term options until prospects were ready.
Most notably, Amed Rosario, the Mets’ top prospect who was deemed untouchable in trades by Sandy Alderson is on the rise.
When will Rosario be ready though? What if his development stalls a bit? What if Cabrera does over a full season, what he accomplished in the last two months? There are several different scenarios, but one thing is for certain: Rosario is seen as the future and at this point, it doesn’t look to be too far away.
We’ll see how that whole situation develops and what Rosario does throughout the year. If Cabrera does put together a year reminiscent of his last two months in 2016, he would most likely price himself out of the Mets’ range in free agency anyway.
All we know for sure is the obvious: Cabrera will be the Mets’ everyday shortstop in 2017.
The timing may work out perfectly for the Mets. Rosario impressed at the plate with the move up to AA-Binghamton. In 54 games, he hit .341 with 14 doubles, five triples, and scored 38 runs.
Overall, Asdrubal Cabrera brings stability to this infield going into 2017. He also brings protection to Cespedes in the order. It may be his last as a Met, but after ten years in the big leagues, we know what to expect from Cabrera.