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Mets: Analyzing trade value and potential returns

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Nov 8, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson during the MLB general managers meeting at the Omni Scottsdale Resort. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson during the MLB general managers meeting at the Omni Scottsdale Resort. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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ASDRUBAL CABRERA

Even with all the drama surrounding the Asdrubal Cabrera situation, it’s going to be hard to move him without attaching another more attractive piece. Yes, the club option for next season is affordable for any team that may be interested. However, Cabrera has already suffered through an injury plagued season.

His defense at shortstop has taken a complete 180 from last season. Cabrera is better suited at second and that’s rang true throughout his career with the one anomaly of 2016 being the exception to the rule.

Unless Cabrera goes on a tear over the next month then he’s somebody the Mets would be selling relatively low on if they do move him. Could the frustration and trade request at some point force the team’s hand? If so, then get ready for a very pedestrian return for Cabrera. As of right now, I don’t see the Mets moving Cabrera but his contract is still a fair bargain.

As for teams who are looking for middle infielders: that list is very short. Also, there are two others Cabrera will likely have to contend with on the market in Howie Kendrick and Brandon Phillips.

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