The Mets reactivated Asdrubal Cabrera off of the disabled list prior to Friday night’s game against the Giants. They also had a little surprise in store for him: he’d be playing second base instead of shortstop.
Cabrera told reporters before the game in San Francisco that he’s asked the organization to trade him after he was informed that he’d be playing second base.
His decision is reportedly tied to the fact that the Mets couldn’t guarantee they’d be picking up his option after this season. He was reportedly willing to move positions if the team made sure he’d be there next year.
Cabrera, who hasn’t played second base since 2014 when he was a member of the Washington Nationals, was reportedly also unhappy that he was not given enough time to prepare to play second base. While it’s still the middle infield, there are some differences between the two positions, so maybe that’s something that should have been addressed as well. It’s obvious this issue has been boiling over quite some time so this really shouldn’t be as surprising as it has been.
Personally, Cabrera has been one of my favorite Mets over the past couple of seasons. He has some absolutely epic moments on the field for this team, so seeing it come to this just hurts. And yes, he’s been absolutely awful at shortstop this season, but putting him at second base makes just as much sense as keeping him at short.
As it stands now, the Mets have two shortstops that are really not playing well while their up and coming star prospect keeps raking in the minors. It’s just not a good look at all for New York.
On the trade side, asking to be moved like this won’t help Cabrera’s stock at all. It comes off childish and annoyed. I can understand he’s thinking about his future, and with his recent injuries he’s looking for security, but he’s also not coming out looking good at the end of all of this.
Maybe the Mets and Cabrera came to some type of agreement going forward, but for now, it looks like this happy relationship has gone sour for good.