Rumor Central: Mets shopping Asdrubal Cabrera as third-base option?

The Mets hope a move to third base could improve the market for veteran infielder Asdrubal Cabrera. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

Asdrubal Cabrera apparently will be trying a new position as the New York Mets look to deal the veteran infielder.

Rumor CentralJoel Sherman of the New York Post reports the Seattle Mariners among the teams with "potential interest," adding that the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals and Chicago Cubs had scouts at the Mets’ 3-2 win over the Cardinals. Sherman, however, says those three clubs are more interested in first baseman Lucas Duda and reliever Addison Reed.

Meanwhile, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick tweets the Indians have expressed interest in Cabrera.

Cabrera caused a stir a few weeks ago when he initially balked at moving from shortstop to second base following an injury to Neil Walker. With Walker expected to come off the disabled list as soon as next week, Cabrera has been told he should expect to see some time at third base.

Cabrera has never started a game at the hot corner in the major leagues, but his market value could increase if he demonstrates an ability to handle the position, writes Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. Ackert adds the interest in Cabrera so far has been “pretty light.”

The 31-year-old Cabrera is hitting .250/.333/.398 in 70 games this season. He is making $8.25 million this season with an $8.5 million option for 2017.

-- Doug Mittler