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Mets Were Right To Move Cabrera to Second Base

For starters, lets concede that Jose Reyes has been playing so poorly he should unseat no one for a starting position unless he was going to play for the Long Island Ducks.  In turn, it also needs to be conceded Asdrubal Cabrera is no longer a major league caliber shortstop.  In his interview on the topic, Cabrera admitted as much saying, “I think next year, I have to go – I have to move to another position . . . I’m fine with that.”

Cabrera needs to be fine with that as he’s not a shortstop now.  His -10 DRS is the worst among shortstops with at least 100 innings played at the position.  His -5.5 UZR is the second worst in the majors among players with 100 innings played at short.  But it’s more than the advanced metrics.  Visually, you can see he no longer has the range.  His sure hands aren’t so sure anymore.  His 11 errors are the third most in the majors and are four more than he had all of last year.  The final indignity for him came when he had his Luis Castillo impersonation.

It was time to move Cabrera to second base.  With the team having an eye towards the 2018 season, it was time to see if the team should pick up his 2018 option in the offseason to play him alongside Amed Rosario.  With the team looking to sell, it was also a chance to improve his trade value.

Now, this isn’t the first time the Mets have asked Cabrera to change positions.  Earlier in the year, they asked him to move to third base.  He wasn’t amendable going so far as to demand the team pick up his 2018 option if they planned such a move.  Rather than promote discord throughout the clubhouse, Terry Collins dropped it.  The team had to know moving him to second base was going to create issues.

And it did.  Cabrera demanded a trade from the team.  Sure, part of it could be the Mets didn’t give him the courtesy of speaking with him first, or the team not giving him the opportunity to play some games at second base during his rehab stint in the minor leagues.  Still, even with the Mets mishandling the situation, given how Cabrera responded to moving to third base, this incident was going to happen anyway.

It is better for that incident to have occurred with Reyes supplanting him than Rosario.  It is hard enough for a rookie to get acclimated to playing in the major leagues.  It is even more difficult with a disenchanted veteran angry you took his job.  This is the same veteran you would want to mentor a young Rosario to help ease his transition.  Seeing Cabrera’s actions, this was not going to happen if Rosario was the one who replaced him.

That is why having Reyes take over at shortstop made sense.  Reyes is a veteran better capable of handling the situation, especially when he previously faced the same situation when the Mets signed Kaz MatsuiLet Reyes deal with the fallout now so all issues are resolved by the time Rosario is called up to the majors.

Overall, while we can quibble with how the Mets handled moving Cabrera to second base, we can all agree they made the right decision.  They got to find out more about Cabrera both in terms of his ability as a second baseman and how he handles a change in his roles.  More importantly, they made Rosario’s transition to the major leagues that much easier.

2 thoughts on “Mets Were Right To Move Cabrera to Second Base”

  1. Gothamist says:

    I guess critical tninking never made it to the Mets…
    Save your money buffoons! Do not start a competitive saber/data dept!!!
    Oh, they are still broke? No matter…

    You will waste it Mets… you do not get it!!!

    YES THE MOVE to second WAS A GIVEN IN MARCH!!!!

    So why do they lack critical thinking?

    – A happy Cabera would have played first, second, SS or third next year…

    – Cabrera is probably the # 1 Hispanic leader in the dugout
    – He plays hurt
    – He has emotion
    – He has passion
    – He is vocal leader Grandy will never be

    WHO ARE TGE HOLDOVER LEADERS for 2018
    Noah, Jacob, Blevins?
    Who?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GOOD LUCK METS FINDING NEXT YEAR

    – Hispanic DUGOUT leadership
    – Dugout passion
    – Extra mentoring for Amed and Gavin
    – Second stringers who can handle pressure ABATS
    – Seasoned second stringers who deliver or just want to get on
    – Players willing to stay here and not have to start for they are TEAM FIRST GUYS!!
    – Players who are not making demands

    THEY WORE HIM OUT
    GAVE HIM LESS THAN IDEAL TIME OFF

    People beef about TC running down his bullpen but are silent about Cabrera????
    Really?
    The beef game after game after game…

    and

    As their number ONE yes NUMBER one emotional passionate leader…
    THEY INTENTIONALLY PISSED HIM OFF
    SO HE WOULD DECIDE TO GO NEXT YEAR…

    For the Cards pay John Jay $12 for nothing but a NYC team can not pay Cabrera $8m.

    THEY ARE MORONS!!!
    and that is why it has been 31 years….

    THEY HAVE NO MONEY and they have a history of letting money combine with LACK of CHARACTER thus they treat even superstar players this way….

    They waited until he was off the DL
    They never called his agent
    They never spoke to Cabrera

    HE WAS THEIR LEADER LAST YEAR

    THEY DESERVE BAD KARMA ONCE AGAIN
    THEY ARE UNGRATEFUL SELFISH MANIPULATIVE PEOPLE
    and I stop there…

    WELL ADD STUPID

    All they had to do was call his agent
    They could have been one step better than that and spoke earlier in the year

    DOES ANYONE WITH A CLUE REMEMBER HOW THE GIANTS &
    KURT WARNER HANDLED ELI MSNNING’s ROOKIE YEAR?!!!!!!

    I can not wait for NYG preseason….
    NY baseball… IT DOES NOT GET ANY WORSE
    THAN JEFF WILPON’s NYM

    If it did it would be another Jeff Wilpon episode!

    OK, fans, say nothing..
    YOU DESERVE IT

    31 years since 1986 and counting…..

    1. metsdaddy says:

      If Cabrera acts this way when asked for the betterment of the team, he’s not a leader . . . at least not the type of leader you want.

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