The Mets are "nearly certain" to pick up INF Asdrubal Cabrera's $8.5 million option for 2018, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
The decision is really a $6.5 million one, since the Mets would have to buy out Cabrera for $2 million if they don't pick up his option.
Cabrera and pending free agent Jose Reyes both want to return to the Mets, with Reyes saying after Wednesday night's game at Citi Field that "a lot of stuff went through his head" during it because he was unsure whether it was his final game ever in front of the home fans.
However, It is unlikely that both Cabrera and Reyes are back with the Mets next season, an anonymous team official told Newsday's Marc Carig earlier this month.
"Probably unlikely, but possible," the source said.
The Mets are expected to go with Amed Rosario at shortstop in 2018, with Dominic Smith at first base, leaving potential openings at third base and second base.
According to Carig, of the two, Cabrera is more likely to be back than Reyes, though team officials acknowledge that both men could have value next season as utility players.
"I want to come back here because I feel this team is going to be in the playoffs again really soon," Cabrera recently told reporters, according to Carig. "We've got talent."
Matthew Cerrone: This makes sense. It's just easier. My hunch is Reyes will be wanting a two-year deal, likely paying him between $5-10 million a season. 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 playing shortstop, second and third base, and producing 1-2 WAR, but do it with just a one-year commitment.
If this plays out this way, it likely means Reyes played his final home game for the Mets, never getting the chance to again stand side by side with David Wright at Citi Field. In 2011, while still in his 20s, Reyes left as a free agent because Alderson had no interest in giving him more than a three-year deal. But, there was always a chance Jose would return to his true love, the New York Mets. He did. But, this time, at 34 years old, the door may have finally closed behind him.