Shortly after Neil Walker was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates, the New York Mets signed free agent short stop Asdrubal Cabrera to a two-year, $18.5 million deal.
After losing out on Ben Zobrist, the Mets quickly made two significant moves on Wednesday, that substantially bettered their team defensively, while still attaining power. In 2015, Cabrera batted .265 with 15 home runs and 58 RBIs. He had a .980 fielding percentage, and was one of the best defensive short stops in the American League.
What is most intriguing with Cabrera is where he is going to fit in the lineup. He has the power to hit in the middle, but also switch hits, which could place him closer to the front of the lineup, but either way, Cabrera will be a huge help to the Mets on both sides of the ball.
The Mets infield appears to be set with Lucas Duda, Walker, Cabrera and David Wright set to start with Ruben Tejada and Wilmer Flores on the bench. The Mets have lots of depth heading into 2016, and should be a much improved defensive ball club come April.