ESPN’s Buster Olney delivered one of the newest New York Mets rumors on Sunday. This one lists three of the teams targeting Asdrubal Cabrera.
According to Olney, the Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, and Philadelphia Phillies are all interested in Cabrera’s services for the remainder of 2018.
As Olney notes, Cabrera’s positional flexibility makes him desirable.
A reunion with the Indians could be a good thing for both player and team. Second baseman Jason Kipnis has had a miserable 2018 campaign. It would behoove them to upgrade there to complete what is an otherwise productive infield.
The Brewers also make sense. They haven’t gotten much from Jonathan Villar. He’s also currently on the disabled list which further adds to their need.
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As for the Phillies, I don’t quite understand this one. Second baseman Cesar Hernandez has been one of their best players. However, they could use some better offense from the shortstop position. They have primarily used Scott Kingery and J.P. Crawford there this season. Neither has hit well.
Furthermore, Philadelphia may want to employ Cabrera at third base in place of Maikel Franco. Franco has hit better of late, but how long will that last?
It’s nice to see options opening up for the Mets. Cabrera should return them less than the Jeurys Familia deal did. With plenty of other second baseman options out there, Cabrera’s value isn’t top 100 prospect worthy. After all, he’s only a rental.
Again, the positive with Cabrera is his history of playing all over the infield. Since joining the Mets in 2016, he has received regular playing time at second base, third base, and shortstop. I can see a team utilizing him in a utility role for the remainder of 2018.
Among these three teams, I wouldn’t say any has an edge. Even though the Phillies are in the same division, I wouldn’t see the Mets balking at a trade. They have less to lose. At best, they land a minor leaguer who the Phillies regret dealing with a rival.
I do believe the Indians have the biggest need. Their window for winning is closer to its end. As the owners of the longest championship in baseball, they have to do everything they can to come away victorious. This means going out there and adding as much depth as possible.
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When the Mets rumors stop marching, where do you believe Cabrera ends up?