The man who asked to be traded is staying in Queens.
Jon Heyman reported on Twitter this morning that the Mets will indeed be bringing Asdrubal Cabrera back. The question is, how will this pay off for the team?
Cabrera left a bad taste in the mouths of Mets fans last season when he asked for a trade. All I could think was, “he is the anti-Wilmer Flores.” Rumors swirled last season on whether this may have been in regards to having him move to third base. Though for the most part, it seemed Cabrera was willing to do whatever job may have been asked of him for the team. Which is good to know going forward since Amed Rosario will likely be the starter at shortstop next season.
It may have simply been a lapse of judgment on his part to say such a thing. But it doesn’t seem to have affected the way management viewed him. Bringing him back wouldn’t be such a terrible idea for the Mets. They could use a veteran presence int he clubhouse especially with young talent coming up. Cabrera finished the year strong. Putting up .280/.351/.434 by the end of the season. He ranks second on the team in wRC with 74, right behind Michael Conforto‘s 80. If we look at the numbers from 2016-2017 Cabrera actually leads the Mets with 153 wRC, and has a solid OPS as well with .798. Not far behind players like Conforto and Cespedes. Those numbers are encouraging enough to make me feel as though bringing him back won’t be a misstep by the team.
I’ve always liked Cabrera. Hopefully next year he’ll be able to get back into Mets fans good graces. And just as a little reminder of what he can do, here’s probably the best bat flip/walk off of 2016:
That “Outta here! Outta here!” never gets old.