Recent New York Mets rumors have suggested they may reunite with Asdrubal Cabrera. In the right role, this is a good match.
The majority of New York Mets fans seem not-so-thrilled with the idea of bringing back infielder Asdrubal Cabrera. The “same old Mets” thought often appears at the mere mention of a reunion. According to the offseason Mets rumors, we may once again see him playing in Flushing for 81 games a year.
Other than not wanting to see his face again because it reminds you of 2017 and 2018, there’s no good reason to stay away from him. Cabrera played very well during his time with the Mets. On the right deal, he could improve this ball club.
When coming up for reasons not to sign guys, many cite health, money, personality, and talent. Cabrera is a plus in each of these.
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He has played in at least 135 games every year since 2011. A deal to bring him back as a utility man would likely cost less than the $8.25 million he made per year during his time starting with the Mets. He also came across as a beloved teammate and we saw him produce well at the plate for two and a half years in Queens.
Cabrera could get a starting gig somewhere in baseball. Teams at the bottom looking to rebuild would love to have him as a veteran presence. I’m not sure this is what he wants. At this point in his career, with a 1-4 record in postseason series, a championship should be at the forefront of his mind.
I see Cabrera as one of this year’s free agent stragglers. He may have to settle on a one-year deal with an option for a second. Perhaps offering him a deal which includes a vesting option with a certain number of starts could work.
The Mets rumors linking Cabrera to the team don’t say exactly how they would use him. Likely, he’s the right-handed option at second base behind Jeff McNeil and the left-handed hitting one backing up Todd Frazier.
In an emergency, we could even see him start at shortstop. However, there better be flood waters up to our shoulders for this to happen. His range is not as pretty as it used to be.
None of the Mets rumors, if true, please every fan. Some have wanted to pass over Manny Machado completely while others insist he’s the answer.
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Universally, though, it seems few want Cabrera back. Adding “fresh faces” to a roster isn’t an automatic solution. The right fits are the ones you want. Cabrera fit in very well during his time in New York.