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Mets pick up $8.5 million option on IF Asdrubal Cabrera

The New York Mets picked up the $8.5 million option on veteran infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, the team announced Friday.

Cabrera, who turns 32 this month, has played the past two seasons in New York, seeing time at second base, third base and shortstop. The switch-hitter batted .280 this past season, with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs.

Cabrera would have received a $2 million buyout if the option was not picked up.

"Asdrúbal can help us all around the infield," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said in a statement. "The season didn't end the way we wanted but that didn't stop him from playing hard right to the very last out of the season. Asdrúbal is a great tutor to our younger players and a leader in the clubhouse. We're happy to have him back."

Added Cabrera: "This is where I wanted to be. I experienced the postseason with the Mets in 2016 and that's where I want to get back to this year. I'm open to playing anywhere. I just want to help."

The Mets also picked up the option on lefty reliever Jerry Blevins.