Cabrera was released by the Mets on Wednesday, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reports. Cabrera's offense slipped in his 15th big-league season last year, as he hit a modest .280/.313/.399 in 397 plate appearances for the Pirates, good for just an 85 wRC+. Whether or not that's enough to convince another team to take a chance on the 35-year-old remains to be seen.
Cabrera signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Mets on Monday and is expected to be included in the club's 60-man roster pool. Cabrera had been unsigned since the end of the 2019 season after batting .280 with seven home runs and 47 RBI in 397 plate appearances with the Pirates. As the high average and his strong 10.3 percent strikeout rate illustrate, Cabrera still makes contact at an elite level at this stage of his career, but his lack of power and diminished speed render him a rather low-upside fantasy option even when he's getting meaningful playing time. He'll likely have to settle for part-time duty at best with the Mets in 2020, with Michael Conforto, J.D. Davis, Brandon Nimmo, Jake Marisnick and Dominic Smith all likely ahead of him in the outfield pecking order.
Cabrera is not starting Wednesday against the Phillies. Cabrera has fallen out of a starting role recently, getting the nod just twice in the last nine games. Jose Osuna, who starts in right field Wednesday, has moved ahead of him on the depth chart, though the fact Osuna has also gotten playing time at the infield corner spots is leaving some starts open for Cabrera.
Cabrera isn't starting Tuesday's game against the Phillies. Cabrera picked up a pair of base knocks in Monday's series opener, but he'll get the night off Tuesday. Jose Osuna is set to man right field and will bat fifth in Cabrera's place.
Cabrera will bat fifth and start in right field Monday against the Phillies. The outfielder is 11-for-31 with six extra-base hits (including two homers) in his career against starter Jason Vargas. Interestingly, he's never walked against Vargas. Cabrera, who has just one hit in his last 19 at-bats, is slashing .276/.308/.396 in 339 plate appearances in 2019.