Mets IF Asdrubal Cabrera will likely remain with the Mets through the rest of the season and there is mutual interest in his return next season, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
According to DiComo, the Mets have "warmed" to the idea of retaining the veteran infielder, who now hopes to return after asking for a trade earlier in the season. He has a $8.5 million option for 2018, along with a $2 million buyout.
Mets manager Terry Collins said Cabrera has proven that he can play multiple positions in the infield, and although the veteran shortstop said serving in a utlity role is "not what I want," he said he is willing to do what it takes to help the team win.
"I love this team," he said. "We've got good talent now, young guys and they're learning a little bit. It's going to be a good team next year if everybody stays healthy."
Trade rumors have swirled around Cabrera amid other trades involving veterans like Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, and Curtis Granderson.
In 107 games for the Mets this season, Cabrera is hitting .258 with 10 home runs and 41 RBIs.