The New York Mets would like to trade Asdrubal Cabrera, and there are a handful of contenders interested in doing so.
The switch-hitting infielder has put together a solid campaign in the final year of his contract, which has made him an attractive commodity for teams in the playoff hunt. Andy Martino of SNY reported earlier this week that Cabrera won’t fetch much in a potential trade, but Fancred’s Jon Heyman provided some details on the veteran’s current market.
Asdrubal market: dbacks, brew crew, philly, bravos. he’s had a terrific year under difficult circumstance
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 27, 2018
The most interesting suitor among these four is the Milwaukee Brewers. They’ve been on the hunt for middle infield help for a while, and are now exploring other options with Manny Machado traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
As mentioned above, Cabrera himself won’t bring back a ton. But since New York and Milwaukee are also reportedly discussing a trade involving Zack Wheeler, there could be something of substance going on here.
Any of the other interested teams would also make sense because of what Cabrera brings to the table — veteran experience that can hit from both sides of the plate and field multiple infield positions. Him hitting free agency once the season is through also helps.
Cabby had a tremendous start to the 2018 season, slashing .340/.393/.580 with five home runs, 17 RBI, and 20 runs scored through his first 112 plate appearances. Although his bat cooled off significantly over the next couple months, he’s heating up at the right time.
So far during the month of July (77 plate appearances), Cabrera is hitting .269/.364/.567, which is good for a 150 wRC+ and .390 wOBA. How will this recent performance impact his market? We’ll find out in the coming days.