After all of the madness, jubilation and hoopla of the possibly franchise-altering trade settled a bit, an inevitable question was asked: “What is Asdrubal Cabrera’s situation with the team?” And as General Managers are wont to do, Chris Antonetti gave the inevitable answer: “Cabrera is still our shortstop.” Never tipping his hand.
Antonetti deserves every pat on the back and kudos you can give him for working some serious magic yesterday in generally transforming Shin-Soo Choo into four pieces that figure to be on the big boy club. However, it’s the fact that he managed to hold onto his other major trade piece to net a potential ace in Trevor Bauer may be enough to name him the Houdini of baseball. For a guy who was thisclose to being run out of town for the failed Ubaldo Jimenez trade, this was quite the huge rabbit pulled from out of his hat.
But that pressing question of what they do with Cabrera remains, and the more that I think about it, the more I believe he’s not going to be in Goodyear (at least, as a member of the Indians) come this February. The Indians still have holes to fill. And from Cabrera’s point of view, you know that the Indians are floating your name, so would you really want to come back to a team that you don’t know if you are in their plans anymore? Maybe I’m over-thinking things, but the potential for creating some bad blood between the player and team is never good.
Or he could take the whole thing in stride, understand that it’s just the “nature of the business,” put two halves together (which he hasn’t been able to really do) and remain a cornerstone player for the team. This team just took a big step forward to contention yesterday, and apparently put them on a faster track than we all believed 48 hours ago. There are still a lot of different ways this could go, but the Indians are seemingly doing the impossible by making all of us actually excited in the off-season. Besides, if Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers is as crazy for Didi Gregorius as he claims he is (“he reminds me of Derek Jeter”), surely someone will give a viable return for A-Cab if he’s available.
Regardless of what happens next, Antonetti earned himself a reprieve from constant complaints about his efforts. I can honestly say that I am one of his biggest critics and I never thought I would see this day.
What say y’all? Stay or go? Let’s hear it below.