Mets make their pact with Asdrubal Cabrera official

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Asdrubal Cabrera passed his physical with the Mets on Friday, and the club made their deal with the free agent shortstop official, signing him to a two-year, $18.5 million contract with an option for a third year.

Cabrera, 30, hit .265 with 28 doubles, five triples, 15 home runs and 58 RBI in 143 games with the Rays in 2015. In 57 games after the All-Star break last season, Cabrera hit .328 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI.

Since the start of the 2011 season, Cabrera has hit 84 home runs, fifth-most among all major league shortstops, has 260 extra-base hits, second-most among all shortstops, and has 343 RBI, third-most among major league shortstops.

His 244 extra-base hits in the American League since 2011 are the most by during that span, while his 79 home runs and 322 RBI each rank second among American League shortstops during that time.

His 84 home runs since 2011 are fourth-most among major league switch-hitters during that span as well.

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Fascinating to hear the cynical comments regarding the Mets infield moves. There is no doubt that both Cabrera and Walker create upgrades in the middle infield both defensively and offensively from last season. Walker is a solid defender who can really turn the DP. Isn’t that the “pitcher’s best friend?” He also puts the ball in play and is a strong extra base hit guy. Cabrera is above average defensively and a pretty good offensive threat on all levels. He even has a touch of speed. Michael does a nice job of outlining his offensive prowess. As a bonus, these two are switch-hitting veterans who will be in their age 30 season. Flores can be an ideal backup at 2B, SS and 3B and start 3-5 games each week. The Mets infield can and should hit about 90 HRs, which would be hard to match anywhere in the NL. Interestingly enough, they really didn’t increase payroll and should be flush with resources in mid-July, which will allow them to recharge the roster as is needed. Let Lagares play the first half and see what he does. Nieuwenhuis and Ceciliani can battle it out for the backup role until then. Put a few dollars into the bullpen for a couple of southpaws (BASTARDO, BLEVINS, THATCHER, COTTS, THORNTON) and one good righty (ALBERS, RAMOS). Powerful starters, deep pen and some depth and versatility in the lineup is the prescription. Mix it with a little luck and a plan for late July and the season will fall into place.

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Sounds like you are looking for a rerun of last year. Interesting thought. Would be a lot cheaper to pay a top tier for 2months instead of for a number of years at big bucks. Worked once. Maybe Sandy is a magician after all!?

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