Cabrera, 29, hit .265/.315/.430 with 15 homers and 58 RBIs in 143 games this past season with the Tampa Bay Rays. Cabrera spent his first seven-plus seasons in the majors with the Cleveland Indians, where he was named to two All-Star teams in 2011 and 2012. Cabrera finished the 2014 season with the Nationals before signing a one-year deal with the Rays for 2015.
Over the last six hours or so, the Mets' middle infield has undergone a major transformation, with the team having also acquired Neil Walker from the Pirates for Jon Niese earlier in the day. The Mets now tentatively have three shortstops on their 25-man roster, with Cabrera, Wilmer Flores, and Ruben Tejada. Flores and Tejada also have experience at second and third base, but both will be coming off leg injuries so it will be interesting to see how the Mets plan to use their middle infield depth.