(Chris Soto: This is turning out to be an all out bidding war for versatile 35 year old. In my opinion though, 4 years is just too much. Zobrist was already in decline as his OPS and defensive production from 2012 to 2014 was in steady decline before a strong bounce back season in a contract year. The Mets certainly don't want to be on the wrong side of a player's career as they did with OF Michael Cuddyer last season.)
Brian Devine | Metsmerized Online- Reports [indicate] that shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, is expected to make a decision within the next week or so. According to Venezuelan reporter Efrain Zavarce, the Mets are among five teams that are interested in free agent shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. Zavarce says that the Yankees, White Sox, Royals and Angels have also expressed interest.
(Chris Soto: Cabrera is an interesting case...He's been on either the trade market or Free Agency market for a couple of years now which has led to a reduction of perceived value for him. Last season Cabrera was only able to secure a 1 year deal for $7.5M from the lowest payroll team in baseball. His 2015 wasn't "great", but he did provide a solid .265 AVG with a .744 OPS on 15 HR, 58 RBI for the Rays making him the 5th best offensive SS in baseball last season. Defensively though, he is only slightly better than Wilmer Flores as he has averaged -7 Defensive Runs Saved at SS over the past 2 years. Still better than Flores' -10 runs from 2015.....but not by much.)
HOT STOVE REPORT (courtesy of mlbtraderumor.com)
- The deadline to tender arbitration eligible players a contract is today. Per Marc Carig of Newsday, the Mets plan to tender contracts to all of their eligible players. This means SS Ruben Tejada, RP Jhenrry Mejia, RP Josh Edgin, RP Addison Reed, RP Juerys Familia, RP Carlos Torres, 1B Lucas Duda, and SP Matt Harvey will all go to arbitration hearings unless a new contract is mutually agreed upon before hearings begin in February.
- The Miami Marlins have a preliminary agreement to sign former MLB OF Barry Bonds to become their MLB co-hitting coach.
- Meanwhile, the Atlanta Braves are shopping SP Shelby Miller to teams looking to acquire higher upside rotation talent without having to shell out $20M per season to acquire it via free agency.