Report: Phillies Interested in Mets Infielder Cabrera
The Phillies missed out on their main target: shortstop Manny Machado. But the Phillies reportedly have been still looking to upgrade the shortstop position. One potential name the Phillies could be pursuing is rather well-known in the National League East, and in particular to the Phillies.
Of course, Phillies fans would have to get over Cabrera being a Met.
Fans might remember the incident in which Phillies reliever Edubray Ramos threw at Cabrera, angry over a home run from the year before. It would be Cabrera who ended up having the last laugh on the matter. Cabrera hit a walk-off home run off of Ramos to give the Mets a victory.
The versatile Cabrera has played exclusively at second base in 2018, but his career has been overwhelmingly spent at shortstop, where the Phillies have a real need. Cabrera originally asked for a trade when he was first put at second base by the Mets, something he has warmed up to since. Cabrera also has 45 career appearances at third base. Cabrera would add some extra versatility as a switch-hitter, too.
So the Phillies did not get the number 13 they hoped for from Baltimore, but perhaps the Mets will send their number 13 to Philadelphia instead. Cabrera is no Machado, but would certainly be a welcome addition to the 2018 Phillies.
Cabrera is 32 years old and will be a free agent at season's end.