Yes, you read that right. In 2019, Melky Cabrera is a player that the Mets should consider trading for in order to help save their season.
After spending the 2018 season with the Cleveland Indians, Cabrera signed a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training with the Pittsburg Pirates. Cabrera performed well enough to join the major league team after Spring Training, but he has gone on to outperform all expectations since then.
In 60 games with the Pirates, Cabrera is batting .328 with a .366 OBP, with 4 home runs and 22 RBI, splitting time between playing both left and right field for the club.
Despite Cabrera’s unexpectedly great performance, the Pirates have struggled to replicate their success from the 2018 season, and are primed to trade players on expiring deals such as Cabrera as the deadline nears.
He is also only being paid the veterans league minimum for the year, and his contract is set to expire following the season, so trading for Cabrera would be both a cheap and a short-term deal, so money wouldn’t be a problem which could hold the trade up.
The more a team hits, the more they score runs and the more they win games, so if the Mets hope to keep winning and earn their first post-season berth since 2016, then acquiring a player with an average as high as Cabrera’s is an opportunity they shouldn’t waste.