We all figured it was going to happen, but shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was traded today. Less than an hour before the 4:00 p.m. trade deadline, Cabrera went to the Washington Nationals for infield prospect Zach Walters and cash considerations. The Indians are also reportedly paying the entirety of the remaining $3.3 million on Cabrera’s contract.
Cabrera is 28 and hitting .246/.305/.386 with nine homers and seven steals this season. Love him or hate him, he would have been a free agent at the end of the season. And the Indians have Francisco Lindor as the heir apparent at shortstop. It’s a good deal for the Nationals. In the wake of Ryan Zimmerman‘s injury, Anthony Rendon could move over to 3rd base while Cabrera fills in at 2nd. Statistically he has a high fielding percentage at 2nd than he does at shortstop (although his 1,341 innings at 2nd base provides a much smaller sample size).
Who did we get for him? Walters is a 24-year-old switch-hitting infielder who entered the season as the Nationals’ #14 prospect, according to Baseball America. He was drafted in the 9th round (271st overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010. Walters only appeared in 8 games for the Nationals in 2013 and 32 this season, for a “career” line of .234/.308/.489. However, in 60 games for AAA Syracuse this season, he hit .300 with 15 homers, 18 doubles, 48 RBIs, and a .965 OPS.
Welcome to the Indians, Zach.