Mets Sign SS Asdrubal Cabrera

The New York Mets today announced the club has signed shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to a two-year contract with a team option for a third year.  

Cabrera, 30, is a two-time All-Star (2011 and 2012) who spent the 2015 season with Tampa Bay and batted .265 (134-505) with 28 doubles, five triples, 15 home runs and 58 RBI in 143 games. In 57 games after the All-Star break last season, Cabrera hit .328 (67-204) with 10 home runs and 36 RBI.

Since the 2011 campaign, Cabrera has hit 84 home runs, fifth-most among all major league shortstops, has 260 extra-base hits, second-most among all shortstops, and has 343 RBI, third-most among major league shortstops. His 244 extra-base hits in the American League since 2011 are the most by an AL shortstop, while his 79 home runs and 322 RBI each rank second among AL shortstops during that time.

A switch-hitter, Cabrera's 84 home runs since 2011 are fourth-most among major league switch-hitters. Among major league switch-hitters, he ranks second in doubles (161), sixth in hits (705) and seventh in RBI (343) since 2011.

The Venezuelan native won a Silver Slugger award in 2011 with Cleveland when he had a career-high 25 home runs and 92 RBI during an All-Star season. He was also an All-Star with Cleveland in 2012 after batting .270 (150-555) with 16 home runs and 68 RBI.

In nine major league seasons, Cabrera owns a career .267 average (1,107-4,140) with 248 doubles, 102 home runs and 509 RBI in 1,106 career games with Cleveland, Washington and Tampa Bay. Defensively, Cabrera has logged 867 career games at shortstop and 210 at second base since breaking into the big leagues with Cleveland in 2007. He owns a .979 fielding percentage for his career.

Cabrera was originally signed by Seattle as a non-drafted free agent on August 26, 2002.