With about five hours left before the trade deadline, Asdrubal Cabrera is still a member of the Cleveland Indians. But for how much longer?
According to MLB Trade Rumors, via various sources, four teams have checked in on Cabrera at the deadline. Let’s take a look…
Washington Nationals – The Nats inclusion is a little surprising. In fact, I didn’t even include them on my list of Cabrera suitors a few days ago. Danny Espinosa has been holding down second base for the Nationals for the majority of the past four seasons and is just 27 years old. But his bat has never fully developed and maybe the Nats are ready to move on. Their interest could be driven by a long-term interest as well.
Toronto Blue Jays – The Jays have lost control of the AL East, but still hold a three-game lead in the Wild Card race and are all-in on 2014. In theory, Cabrera offers a nice upgrade over Munenori Kawasaki and Ryan Goins, but the Jays second basemen have produced a .264 BA and a .314 OBP, compared to Cabrera’s .246/.305. If he’s only a rental for the Blue Jays, it will be tough to convince them to send much in return.
San Francisco Giants – With Dan Uggla currently occupying the void at second base, the Giants probably have more incentive to make a deal than anyone. The only thing that would seemingly hold the Giants back from making a deal would be the Indians’ asking price. But since Cabrera is set to become a free agent, there’s no reason to hang on to him any longer than necessary. If no one else steps up, the Tribe should take the Giants best offer.
Mystery Team – The A’s? They’re certainly all-in this year. Yankees? They could definitely use an upgrade over Brian Roberts. Tigers? The could use a rental shortstop, but they would probably have to blow the Indians away with an offer to move him within the division.