Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Asdrubal Cabrera's desire to play second base may broaden the scope of what the team does in the market.
"Now that we know he'd be happier at second. ... it broadens the scope of what we might be able to do," Alderson said Thursday at Citi Field.
Alderson suggested earlier Thursday that the team would probably not sign free agent 3B Mike Moustakas, due to multiple factors. The Mets, who are looking to add another starting infielder, have been connected to Pirates INF/OF Josh Harrison, and free agent infielders Todd Frazier, Eduardo Nunez, and Neil Walker.
While Harrison, Nunez, and Walker have experience at second base, Frazier -- who played third base and first base last season -- does not.
Prior to Thursday, Alderson had maintained this offseason that the team was intent on adding a player who can play second base, with one of the main factors being to keep Cabrera at third base.
But Cabrera said earlier this week that he prefers to play second base as opposed to third -- a new position he learned last season.
"Third base is not easy," Cabrera told the New York Post's Kevin Kernan. "When they moved me over there during the season it was kind of hard for me that first month, so yeah, I prefer second base. If I had the opportunity to pick a position, I would pick second base."
Cabrera, who had spent most of his 11-year career as a shortstop but is being replaced by Amed Rosario, played 44 games at third base last season and 32 games at second. Prior to 2017, he played just one game at third base, whereas he appeared in 210 games at second base.
"I just feel more comfortable there," Cabrera said of playing second base.
In 350.1 innings at third base last season, Cabrera committed six errors and was worth 1 DRS (defensive runs saved). Meanwhile, he was worth -6 DRS and did not commit an error in 274.1 innings at second base.