The Mets have sold off their expiring contracts, and may deal further with Cabrera’s name popping up in trade talks
The New York Mets have shipped off all their veterans with expiring contracts over the past month. The latest deal completion was revealed Sunday when Jacob Rhame was announced as the return for Curtis Granderson. Now we’ve learned the Mets may not be done dealing yet.
According to Newsday’s Marc Carig, the trade interest is starting to heighten around Asdrubal Cabrera. The 31-year old infielder has been at the center of trade buzz since he put himself there after voicing his displeasure with being moved from shortstop earlier in the season.
Cabrera has an $8.5 million club option for 2018 or can be bought out for $2 million. In 97 games this season, Cabrera has a slash line of .261/.329/.393. Defensively, he has adapted well between second and third. He has committed just one error in 45 games between both positions after racking up 11 errors in 45 games at shortstop.
Many were soured on Cabrera and with good reason after his trade request. If Sandy Alderson is successful in moving Cabrera, then this Mets roster only projects to be even younger next season. The return probably won’t be of consequence as was the case with most of the other veterans the Mets shipped out. It became very clear the Mets were emphasizing saving money, which they’ve accomplished.
The following question is how will they spend it? Or will they? That’s another issue for another article. Moving Cabrera though gives Gavin Cecchini more playing time at second as the Mets hit the last quarter of the season.
Cabrera has been with the Mets for two seasons and has hit .273 in 237 career games. He has also dealt with injuries and the aforementioned declining defense that facilitated his move to another position. If the Mets deal Cabrera, they will have at least six projected starters next season who are under 30 years old at this point.
Of course, that is subject to change from now until next April.