Cabrera missed time and frequently played through pain last season, dealing with a strained patellar tendon in his left knee.
Instead of having surgery this winter, he planned to rest for two months before beginning his regular offseason training regimen, Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert wrote in November.
"I did rest for two and half months and started working out in late December," said Cabrera, who is already in St. Lucie working out at the team's facility in Tradition Field. "My knee feels really good."
Reyes (7) celebrates his solo home run against the Minnesota Twins with shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
According to MLB.com, in addition to playing for Venezuela in winter ball, Cabrera plans to play for Venezuela during the World Baseball Classic, which will be played next March.
"I'm real excited to put on a Venezuela jersey," he told the Daily News. "I'm not worried about my knee right now. It feels good. I played in Venezuela (this winter). I think that was the best test for me."
Cabrera, 31, hit .280 with a .336 OBP and .474 SLG with 23 HR and 62 RBI in 141 games last season.
He's under contract through next season, when he'll make $8.25 million. The Mets also hold a team option on Cabrera for 2018, which would pay him $8.5 million.
According to Jose Reyes, Cabrera essentially played through pain the entire second half, which is probably why Terry Collins said this current offseason that it's important to get him more days rest during the first half of this coming season... yet, he's going to play in the World Baseball Classic, risking injury and potentially hurting the Mets. I'm sure he'll be fine. I also know he could just as easily get hurt during a workout at Tradition Field. But, it's a greater concern knowing he and other members of the team will be playing full speed in games before they are ready...