The Mets have hesitated to call up prospect Amed Rosario from Triple-A Las Vegas because of possible turmoil in the big-league clubhouse stemming from Asdrubal Cabrera's lingering unhappiness, reports Bob Klapisch of The Record, citing one person familiar with management's thinking.
Cabrera is reportedly still upset over the team's decision to move him to second base. He publicly sought a trade in June, but soon backed away from the request. Cabrera seeks another opportunity to play shortstop and wants the team to exercise his option for 2018, but Jose Reyes has played at shortstop in every game he's played since June 13.
"Why would [Cabrera] be upset? I'm the one playing shortstop," Reyes said after Sunday's game, according to NJ.com's Abbey Mastracco. "I haven't seen anything different."
While the Mets are reportedly concerned that Cabrera's issue could affect those around him and Rosario, manager Terry Collins said he has not discussed the possibility of Rosario being called up.
"That's the first time I've heard something like that and I don't know where that came from," Collins said, according to Mastracco. "I've said all along, I think our clubhouse has very, very good veteran players. That has not been a discussion. We really haven't talked much about Rosario, that's going to be his call. So that's kind of news to me."
However, Cabrera denied being upset with Rosario, telling the New York Post's Zach Braziller, "I got nothing to be [mad] about [with] Amed. That's not my choice [when he gets promoted]."
Klapisch reports the 21-year-old Rosario is "close" to being called up, but his promotion depends on how the Mets play in the second half of the season.
Earlier this week, Rosario tweeted about his desire to be promoted to the big leagues before deleting the tweet shortly after. "On my knees and I Just want to propose to Queens - NY that is," he said. "AR = Amed is Ready #Facts #DontBeSurprisedBeReady"
In 85 games for Triple-A Las Vegas this season, Rosario is hitting .328 with 17 doubles, seven home runs, 52 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.