Asdrubal Cabrera Off the Table
According to reports, free-agent shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has agreed to sign with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Per Buster Olney of ESPN, Cabrera gets one year, $8M.
Still on the board is Stephen Drew and … hmm … who else? Alexi Casilla? Rumor has it that Drew is being courted by the Blue Jays, Athletics, Cubs, White Sox and Angels to play second base; I’d think that the Yankees may also be interested in bringing back the veteran infielder as a utility man and backup plan to Didi Gregorius.
The Mets may have kicked the tires on Cabrera, but ultimately decided that Wilmer Flores was a better (read: less expensive) option for 2015. We’ll see.
With Cabrera in the fold, Tampa Bay now has a surplus in the middle infield, and could look to trade Ben Zobrist and/or Yunel Escobar. Would the Mets be interested? I’m not sure, since there’s no guarantee that either of those players will be better than Flores, and both will make at least fifteen times more in salary than Flores.
In other news, former Met Josh Stinson has signed a contact to play with the KIA Tigers in Korea. He will earn $500,000 for one year.