Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes infielder Asrubal Cabrera will likely spend most of the 2018 season at third base despite his versatility to play each infield position.
The Mets had eight different players spend time at third base, with Cabrera logging the second-most innings to Wilmer Flores. But while Cabrera has spent most of his MLB career at shortstop and has played a significant amount of time at second base, Alderson said he thinks Cabrera would likely be New York's third baseman.
"I think his versatility gives us the option [to sign a free-agent third baseman], but at the same time, we've kind of zeroed him in at third base and we don't want to move him around, so while he gives us some flexibility, I'm not sure we want to exercise it," Alderson said at the MLB Winter Meetings on Sunday.
Cabrera played 350 1/3 innings at third base in 2017 after he had played just 1 1/3 innings in his entire career prior. He also spent 386 2/3 innings at shortstop and 274 1/3 innings at second base last year.
But with Amed Rosario likely to be the team's franchise shortstop and the Mets exploring options at second base, that would leave Cabrera, who is entering the final year of a three-year, $25 million deal, to play third.
Cabrera made three fielding errors and three throwing errors while playing third base last year. He made 11 total errors at shortstop while not making any errors at second base.
Flores played 425 2/3 innings at third base last year, and the Mets also put Jose Reyes (279 innings), T.J. Rivera (207 innings) and Matt Reynolds (110 innings) there.