Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that hasn't decided yet whether to retain infielder Asdrubal Cabrera by picking up the infielder's $8.5 million team option for 2018.
Alderson can decline the option by paying Cabrera a $2 million buyout.
In late September, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo said the Mets were nearly certain to bring Cabrera back next season, instead cutting ties with fellow utility infielder Jose Reyes.
Cabrera and Reyes are both on record saying they'd like to return to the Mets.
"Probably unlikely, but possible," an anonymous team official recently told Newsday's Marc Carig when asked if both infielders could return in 2018.
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): It makes far more sense to bring back Cabrera than sign Reyes, who I assume will be wanting a two-year deal However, in Cabrera, Sandy doesn't have to negotiate, he just executes the option. And, in return, he gets a slightly younger player also capable of playing shortstop, second and third base, and producing 1-2 WAR, but he'll do it with just a one-year commitment.