When the Mets signed Asdrubal Cabrera before the 2016 season, many felt his days as an effective major league shortstop were long past. Cabbie, as he is affectionately known, had horrible defensive metrics the previous few years.
The Mets defense finished 2016 with a .985 fielding percentage. The National League average was .984. Fielding percentage is the percentage of times that a player handles a batted or thrown ball. It is calculated by the sum of putouts and assists divided by the number of total chances (putouts + assists + errors).
Like most teams, the Mets would love to increase their runs scored in 2017. Last season, they hit 218 home runs, the second most in the National League. However, they finished 11th in the league in runs scored.