It is unlikely that infielders Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes are both back with the Mets next season, an anonymous team official told Newsday beat reporter Marc Carig.
"Probably unlikely, but possible," the source said.
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.
Similarly, both Cabrera and Reyes have recently told reporters they'd like to return in 2018.
"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."
The Mets can retain Cabrera for one more season by picking up his $8.5 million option. Or, they can decline it and make him a free agent.
Meanwhile, Reyes, 34, will become a free agent at the end of this season, but recently told the NY Post's Mike Puma that he wants to finish his big league career playing with the Mets.
"I just want to be here because it's home for me and this is where I feel comfortable playing, but I don't have that in my hands," he added, according to Puma. "I know that I started the season horrible, but after a little while I feel I have been playing pretty good baseball. I wish that I could come back next year for this team."
Which one has the better case to be back next season?
Cabrera has the clear edge on offense, both in 2017 and for the last few years overall. Both have benefited from the league-wide power boost and have improved their patience as well, but Cabrera makes better contact. Reyes's speed is a plus on a largely slow-footed team, though how long that will last at his age is a fair concern. On defense, Reyes is marginally better, though both are not great overall >> Read more from Sept. 20.