WALKER’S RETURN, TRADE DEADLINE = CABRERA’S EXIT

Neil Walker’s return may well lead to Asdrubal Cabrera’s exit.

With the trade deadline just eight days away, the Mets are reportedly shopping Cabrera. The Red Sox, Indians and Mariners are all rumored to be interested in acquiring Cabrera from the Mets.

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Cabrera is 31 years old and would be a valuable piece for any team in the pennant race. He is a switch-hitting infielder who can also serve as a designated hitter. Maybe, more importantly, he has postseason experience.

Walker is on the mend after tearing his hamstring last month. The Mets reported that Walker played in a simulated game last week and will now begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas. He is expected to be activated this week.

With Walker at second, Jose Reyes at shortstop, T.J. Rivera at third and Wilmer Flores/Matt Reynolds adding depth, the door is open for a trade deadline deal involving Cabrera.

The Mets are also listening to offers for Addison Reed, Curtis GrandersonJerry Blevins,and Jay Bruce. If Reed, Blevins or Bruce are dealt before or by the trade deadline, any hope of a miracle run in August and September will effectively be off the table.

Bruce expects the Mets to trade him. In fact, last week he suggested the Mets would be “crazy” if they didn’t trade him:

““If they have the chance to make their organization better by trading me, they would be crazy not to do it. I know that they have to look out for their future here. I expect they will do that if they have the chance. I know what can happen … I came here as a hired gun. I know what I am and what situation I am in. This is a business. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing the game, I always will. But this is my job. I am a hired gun and I go where I am needed.”

Bruce has also been tied to rumors of a deal between the Mets and Indians while Reed and Blevins have been attached to recent rumors including the Dodgers.

 

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