Finally, there’s Asdrubal Cabrera. The most recent veteran second baseman they have started the season with, he is also a free agent following the 2018 campaign. Could the Mets bring him back this soon?
Cabrera hit very well for the Mets in his two and a half seasons with them. While Walker may have been involved in Alderson’s best trade, there’s an argument we can make claiming Cabrera was the best signing.
Prior to the 2018 trade which sent him to the Philadelphia Phillies, Cabrera was the most consistent hitter on the Mets. He was well on pace to set new highs in home runs and RBI as a member of the time. There’s no reason to think he’ll be unable to come back next season and put up similar totals.
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The one advantage Cabrera has over Murphy or Walker is the ability to play shortstop. Cabrera should see plenty of action there with the Phillies. In doing so, he becomes a more versatile player.
Perhaps one way the Mets could utilize him is to move Cabrera all around the infield in 2019. As a switch-hitter, he’s a suitable platoon player regardless of who is on the mound.
I’m not sure Cabrera would have much interest in returning to the Mets. Someone else would probably pay him more, anyway. It’s easier to imagine Murphy or Walker settling on a one-year deal than Cabrera. If he returns to a city he played in prior, we may see him suit up for the Cleveland Indians instead. They could use some affordable depth on their roster. Their chances of winning in 2019 are far greater.
Quite frankly, I don’t like the idea of the Mets bringing a single one of these guys back. It would not shock me if we did see them do it for the sake of nostalgia. They seem to enjoy bringing back familiar faces.
However, if they get the right general manager in the front office with no past attachment, maybe we see them make wiser moves with a little more permanency.
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Among these three former Mets, which would you most like to see them bring back in 2019?