|Dec. 17 2:35 PM PT3:35 PM MT4:35 PM CT5:35 PM ET17:35 ET22:35 GMT6:35 3:35 PM MST5:35 PM EST6:05 PM VEN2:35 UAE (+1)4:35 PM CT-Cabrera is willing to shift to third base for the New York Mets if David Wright gets hurt again. "I'm going to play whatever they need me to," Cabrera said during a conference call Thursday, six days after finalizing an $18.5 million, two-year contract. "If you can play shortstop, you can play second or third. I think that shortstop is harder."
Analysis: Cabrera's third base experience is limited to 11 games in the minor leagues and one in the majors - he shifted there for the 12th and 13th innings of his big league debut on Aug. 8, 2007. Wright, New York's third baseman since 2004, was limited to 38 regular-season games this year because of a hamstring injury and spinal stenosis.
|Dec. 10 11:26 AM PT12:26 PM MT1:26 PM CT2:26 PM ET14:26 ET19:26 GMT3:26 12:26 PM MST2:26 PM EST2:56 PM VEN23:26 UAE1:26 PM CT-Cabrera and the New York Mets have finalized an $18.5 million, two-year contract. The shorstop's deal, which includes a 2018 club option, was agreed to Wednesday and announced Friday after the infielder passed a physical.
Analysis: Cabrera was the second middle infielder added by the Mets at the winter meetings after they acquired second baseman Neil Walker from the Pittsburgh Pirates for left-hander Jon Niese. A 30-year-old switch hitter, Cabrera batted .265 with 15 homers and 58 RBIs for the Tampa Bay Rays last season. Cabrera finished at the bottom in several defensive metrics for shortstops, according to Fangraphs.com.
|Sep. 30 4:44 PM PT5:44 PM MT6:44 PM CT7:44 PM ET19:44 ET23:44 GMT7:44 4:44 PM MST6:44 PM EST7:14 PM VEN3:44 UAE (+1)6:44 PM CT-Cabrera hit a two-run home run on Tuesday.
Analysis: He has hit .409 in his last six games with two doubles, two home runs and six RBIs.
|Sep. 27 9:48 AM PT10:48 AM MT11:48 AM CT12:48 PM ET12:48 ET16:48 GMT0:48 9:48 AM MST11:48 AM EST12:18 PM VEN20:48 UAE11:48 AM CT-Cabrera continued his hot hitting by going 3 for 3 with an RBI Saturday.
Analysis: He's driven in a run in four straight games and gone 8 for 15 over that stretch.
|Sep. 24 2:23 PM PT3:23 PM MT4:23 PM CT5:23 PM ET17:23 ET21:23 GMT5:23 2:23 PM MST4:23 PM EST4:53 PM VEN1:23 UAE (+1)4:23 PM CT-Cabrera had three hits with solo homer Wednesday.
Analysis: Cabrera has been mostly a bust with a .734 OPS.
|Sep. 12 12:16 PM PT1:16 PM MT2:16 PM CT3:16 PM ET15:16 ET19:16 GMT3:16 12:16 PM MST2:16 PM EST2:46 PM VEN23:16 UAE2:16 PM CT-Cabrera went 2 for 4 and hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning in Friday's win over Boston.
Analysis: He's hitting .393 with two homers and seven RBIs over a seven-game hitting streak. Since returning from a hamstring injury in late July, Cabrera owns a robust .356 average with seven homers and 26 RBIs in 39 games.
|Sep. 8 9:26 AM PT10:26 AM MT11:26 AM CT12:26 PM ET12:26 ET16:26 GMT0:26 9:26 AM MST11:26 AM EST11:56 AM VEN20:26 UAE11:26 AM CT-Cabrera was 2 for 4 on Monday.
Analysis: Cabrera has a .355 average in his last 33 games.
|Sep. 7 8:27 AM PT9:27 AM MT10:27 AM CT11:27 AM ET11:27 ET15:27 GMT23:27 8:27 AM MST10:27 AM EST10:57 AM VEN19:27 UAE10:27 AM CT-Cabrera went 3 for 4 with a homer and two runs scored Sunday.
Analysis: After a poor first half, Cabrera has really picked it up after the All-Star break. The veteran infielder is batting a torrid .359 with six homers and a 1.003 OPS in 35 games since returning from a hamstring injury in late July.
|Aug. 23 9:35 AM PT10:35 AM MT11:35 AM CT12:35 PM ET12:35 ET16:35 GMT0:35 9:35 AM MST11:35 AM EST12:05 PM VEN20:35 UAE11:35 AM CT-Cabrera hooked up his fantasy owners Saturday.
Analysis: Cabrera homered and hit a two-run double to bust out of a 2-for-16 slump.
|Aug. 18 12:39 PM PT1:39 PM MT2:39 PM CT3:39 PM ET15:39 ET19:39 GMT3:39 12:39 PM MST2:39 PM EST3:09 PM VEN23:39 UAE2:39 PM CT-Cabrera continued his torrid stretch Monday, going 2 for 4 with three RBIs at Houston.
Analysis: Cabrera has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 contests, batting .485 with 19 runs scored. He also has an absurd .537 batting average on balls in play in that span, though, so he's certainly bound for some regression.
|Aug. 15 9:17 AM PT10:17 AM MT11:17 AM CT12:17 PM ET12:17 ET16:17 GMT0:17 9:17 AM MST11:17 AM EST11:47 AM VEN20:17 UAE11:17 AM CT-Cabrera was 3 for 4 in Friday's loss in Texas.
Analysis: Cabrera has nine multihit efforts in his last 10 games. He was hitting .220 entering play on July 11 and is batting .509 in 15 games since to bump his season mark to .265.
|Aug. 5 1:58 PM PT2:58 PM MT3:58 PM CT4:58 PM ET16:58 ET20:58 GMT4:58 1:58 PM MST3:58 PM EST4:28 PM VEN0:58 UAE (+1)3:58 PM CT-Cabrera extended his hitting streak to nine games by going 4 for 5 with two RBI Wednesday against the White Sox.
Analysis: Cabrera is batting .515 (17 for 33) with two homers, six doubles and six RBI over the streak and owns four straight multi-hit games.
|July 12 9:34 AM PT10:34 AM MT11:34 AM CT12:34 PM ET12:34 ET16:34 GMT0:34 9:34 AM MST11:34 AM EST12:04 PM VEN20:34 UAE11:34 AM CT-Cabrera has been activated by the Rays.
Analysis: Cabrera was on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
|June 29 3:13 PM PT4:13 PM MT5:13 PM CT6:13 PM ET18:13 ET22:13 GMT6:13 3:13 PM MST5:13 PM EST5:43 PM VEN2:13 UAE (+1)5:13 PM CT-Cabrera was 3 for 5 on Sunday.
Analysis: Cabrera still owns a sickly .635 OPS.
|June 22 6:46 PM PT7:46 PM MT8:46 PM CT9:46 PM ET21:46 ET1:46 GMT9:46 6:46 PM MST8:46 PM EST9:16 PM VEN5:46 UAE (+1)8:46 PM CT-Cabrera has been ejected for arguing a called third strike Monday. Some of his equipment has gotten tossed, too.
Analysis: Cabrera was thrown out by plate umpire Kerwin Danley in the fifth inning of Monday night's game against Toronto. As Cabrera headed toward the dugout, he threw his helmet and bat toward the mound.
|June 20 3:42 PM PT4:42 PM MT5:42 PM CT6:42 PM ET18:42 ET22:42 GMT6:42 3:42 PM MST5:42 PM EST6:12 PM VEN2:42 UAE (+1)5:42 PM CT-Cabrera's return to Cleveland couldn't have gone much better Friday.
Analysis: Cabrera, who played eight seasons with the Indians, hit one of three solo home runs for Tampa Bay. "It was special," said Cabrera, who also singled in the seventh.
|June 19 1:44 PM PT2:44 PM MT3:44 PM CT4:44 PM ET16:44 ET20:44 GMT4:44 1:44 PM MST3:44 PM EST4:14 PM VEN0:44 UAE (+1)3:44 PM CT-Cabrera was 2 for 4 on Thursday.
Analysis: Cabrera's awful OPS is now at .574.
|June 15 11:52 AM PT12:52 PM MT1:52 PM CT2:52 PM ET14:52 ET18:52 GMT2:52 11:52 AM MST1:52 PM EST2:22 PM VEN22:52 UAE1:52 PM CT-Cabrera hit a surprising two-run homer Sunday.
Analysis: Cabrera is last in baseball with 1.88 runs created per 27 outs as one of baseball's worst players.
|June 11 9:58 AM PT10:58 AM MT11:58 AM CT12:58 PM ET12:58 ET16:58 GMT0:58 9:58 AM MST11:58 AM EST12:28 PM VEN20:58 UAE11:58 AM CT-Cabrera was 2 for 4 on Wednesday.
Analysis: Cabrera had one hit in his previous 12 at-bats so he is not a quality option.
|May 10 2:18 PM PT3:18 PM MT4:18 PM CT5:18 PM ET17:18 ET21:18 GMT5:18 2:18 PM MST4:18 PM EST4:48 PM VEN1:18 UAE (+1)4:18 PM CT-Cabrera went 3 for 4 with his first home run and a double in Saturday's 7-2 win over Texas.
Analysis: Cabrera had been 3 for 30 with seven strikeouts over his previous eight games.