Mets: Drama swirls around Cabrera following Bergen Record report

By Emmanuel Pepis
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 01: Asdrubal Cabrera
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 01: Asdrubal Cabrera /

Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, and Terry Collins were blindsided by report over reasoning for Amed Rosario staying in Las Vegas for the moment

Add a new drama to the fold for the New York Mets 2017 season. Terry Collins, Jose Reyes, and Asdrubal Cabrera wound up having to answer to a report by Bob Klapisch in the Bergen Record. In that article, it was suggested the only reason Amed Rosario has not been called up yet is because of Cabrera’s attitude and displeasure with the Mets.

Cabrera, Reyes, and Collins vehemently denied the details of the report as detailed by Abbey Mastracco here.

Let’s pump the brakes and analyze the first part of this report which is the sticking point for me. Klapisch wrote, “According to one person familiar with management’s thinking…” The way this line was worded makes the report seem like a lot of educated guessing.

It’s one of those scenarios where this source could have said something along the lines of “If I know Sandy, he hasn’t brought up Rosario because of Cabrera’s attitude.” There isn’t a lot of substance to go on.

Everyone in the fan base is wondering when the Mets will make the move to call up Rosario, who has been fantastic in Las Vegas this year. Rosario has a slash line of .328/.367/.475, 52 RBI, 56 runs, and 17 steals through 85 games. While Rosario has taken the Pacific Coast League by storm, other top prospects have already been called up to the Majors this year. Clint Frazier, Lewis Brinson, and Sean Newcomb are just a few examples.

Cabrera publicly requested a trade after being moved to second base earlier this season. He quickly backtracked from that sentiment, but the report suggests Cabrera is still “quietly seething.”  The Mets hold a club option with the 31-year old for next season which includes a $2 million buyout.

Let me play devil’s advocate against myself. If this report has teeth, then it makes Cabrera look bad and the Mets worse. Rosario is going to be exposed to clubhouse drama. It happens when you have 25 guys. You’ll have different personalities and some will be unhappy over time. Still, these are grown men. Suggesting Rosario is being protected from the clubhouse would be a weak excuse. Especially when you consider the latest he’ll be exposed to it is at age 22.

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Whether the report is true or not, it’s another headache to deal with in what has already been a rotten season for the Mets.