The New York Mets continue the fire sale by trading Asdrubal Cabrera to the rival Philadelphia Phillies for Franklyn Kilome.
The New York Mets are recouping as many assets as they can ahead of the trade deadline. The latest casualty is infielder Asdrubal Cabrera. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Cabrera is off to the Phillies in exchange for Franklyn Kilome.
This was the right move for a few reasons. Cabrera was a pleasant surprise during his time in New York. He exceeded expectations and was a mainstay in the middle of the lineup for his two-plus seasons in Queens.
In his 374 games in a Mets uniform, had a slash line of .279/.339/.464 with 55 home runs and 179 RBIs. Cabrera was in the midst of his best season yet with the Metropolitans. The 32-year-old will be a welcome addition to a Phillies team that needed to add another infielder.
Kilome was the 68th ranked prospect in baseball coming into 2018. The 23-year-old has a world of talent and although he’s struggled at times in Double-A Reading this season, his tremendous upside is worth the risk for the Mets.
Whether or not Kilome ever pans out, trading Cabrera was a must for the triad of general managers running the Mets. Cabrera was in the final year of his contract and the Mets are going nowhere this season.
It makes far more sense to take a chance on a 23-year-old hurler rather than play out the season with a 32-year-old infielder who plans to walk in the offseason.
Whether or not the Mets continue to make moves ahead of the trade deadline remains to be seen.