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Monday, March 03, 2014
Finally, remember, the Mets wouldn’t be trading for Cabrera to have and to hold forever after—they’re just renting him for a year. But once you have him, you also have a season to make a sales pitch on why he should stick around. If you’re the Mets, wouldn’t you want to be able to exploit that window, before free agency? Because the other thing to consider is that if the Mets don’t trade for Cabrera now, they may well be in the exact same situation in nine months: Making him a multiyear pitch paying eight figures per year, but while competing against every other team on the market. Why not take your chance now, gain that brief, exclusive negotiating window in the offseason?
There are also side benefits come draft day. Let’s say getting Cabrera is already something the Mets are thinking about for next winter. By getting Cabrera now they don’t just protect their own future first-round pick that they might lose by signing him in December (if they wind up outside the 10 protected picks), they potentially gain one if they instead lose him to free agency. As one former governor of Illinois put it, that’s a frickin’ valuable thing.
Christina Kahrl suggests the Mets should trade Flores, Michael Fulmer (Sickels rated him as a C+) , and Lucas Duda for Cabrera. Cabrera wasn’t very good last year, is making 10 million dollars this year, and will be a free agent at the end of the season. Instead of investing that much in a guy who probably won’t be sticking as a SS very long, why not just give Drew 15 million for one year? He’d surely take that at this point.
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