Asdrubal Cabrera Requests Trade from Mets After Move to 2B

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2017

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03:  Asdrubal Cabrera #13 of the New York Mets in action against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field on June 3, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Pirates 4-2.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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New York Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera was activated from the disabled list and listed as the team's starting second baseman Friday, but the move from shortstop didn't sit well with the 31-year-old.

According to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo, Cabrera told reporters before Friday's game he's "not happy about the move to second base" and "has asked his agent" to facilitate a trade. 

Cabrera also told reporters on Friday part of his decision to seek a trade stems from the fact that the Mets have yet to guarantee his $8.5 million club option for next season, which includes a $2 million buyout. 

"You want me to move to third, give me something, to take my option," Cabrera said, according to CBS New York. "They say no in that moment. That’s why I think they don’t have no plan for me."

However, Mets manager Sandy Alderson indicated finding a suitor for Cabrera isn't a seamless task. 

"As a practical matter, that's easier said than done, even if I was so inclined," he said, per NJ.com's Abbey Mastracco. "I don't know that it's something that he really wishes. I know he said that in his conversation with you and that's probably a natural part of it, but as I said, it's not really a question of satisfying him or not, it's a practical matter. We'll see what develops with all of our players."

According to Baseball-Reference.com, Cabrera last logged playing time at second base in 2014 when he was with the Washington Nationals

Through 49 appearances this season, the veteran is slashing .244/.321/.392 with six home runs and 20 RBI.