Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera said he prefers to play second base as opposed to third, a new position he learned last season with New York.
"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.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson said earlier this offseason that the team would rather add a second baseman than a third baseman, in order to keep Cabrera at third base. However, while they've been connected to Pirates INF Josh Harrison, and free agents Eduardo Nunez and Nel Walker (who would all play second base), they have also been connected to third basemen Todd Frazier and Mike Moustakas.
"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.