Several teams, including three American League playoff contenders, are interested in acquiring Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, sources told New York Post reporter Mike Puma.
The Boston Red Sox are reportedly interested in acquiring a third baseman and are believed to be interested in Cabrera and fellow Mets infielders Wilmer Flores and T.J. Rivera.
The Mariners and Indians may also have interest in Cabrera, according to recent reports in the Boston Globe and ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.
Cabrera, who is a career shortstop due roughly $4 million the rest of this season, will move from second to third base when 2B Neil Walker returns from the disabled list next week.
June, 2017: Cabrera rounds third after a home run at Citi Field. Credit: Hunger-USA Today Sports
Cabrera told reporters this week that he is open to playing third because it could make him more attractive to teams this summer, as well as after the season when he may be a free agent.
The Mets could also retain Cabrera for 2018, without allowing him to become a free agent, by picking up the $8.5 team option on his contract.
Cabrera, 31, is hitting .250 with nine home runs and 29 RBIs in 70 games this season.
Sandy Alderson is in a good spot with Cabrera, who has a reasonable option for next season. If Cabrera looks good at third base, Alderson could consider keeping him as if knowing he can sign him to a one-year, $8.5 million contract to start there in 2018. And, if David Wright is healthy enough (and a better option), Cabrera can back up third, shortstop and second, because I assume the Mets will eventually part ways with Jose Reyes.
Similarly, Alderson can look at Cabrera as a possible one-year, $8.5 million option to start at second base if he isn't interested in re-signing Walker. Or, Alderson can weigh offers for Cabrera from the Mariners, Red Sox and others, bring in prospects and then sign a second or third baseman in the winter.
The point is, Cabrera gives Alderson options. Unfortunately, the Mets will need to do their recon, gather info and offers and have an idea about their approach this winter all within the next 10 days.