— August Fagerstrom (@AugustF_ABJ) July 31, 2014
The fact that the Indians would add another shortstop is intriguing, and could foreshadow a future trade. The organization has Francisco Lindor waiting in the wings at short a guy on the big-league club named Mike Aviles who can play any position on the field.
The organization also has depth with Jose Ramirez (currently with the Big-League club) and Justin Sellers in the minors. Walters played second base for the Nationals this season, as a real novice at the position. As you’ve probably said by now, the Indians already have a guy at that spot named Jason Kipnis.
Walters was rated as the 14th best prospect in the Nationals system following the 2013 campaign, according to Baseball America. He has played in the big leagues this year, batting .205 in 39 at-bats. Walters was active on the Nationals roster at the time of the trade.
At Class AAA Syracuse this season, Walters was slashing .300/.358/.608 with a .966 OPS.
He’s a switch-hitter, but most of his power comes from the left-side, according to the Washington Post:
“…Twelve of his 15 home runs at Class AAA Syracuse were left-handed and he had a .963 on-base-plus-slugging percentage against right-handers. Espinosa, meanwhile, has a .556 OPS from the same side this season…”
Since he’s about big-league ready, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Walters, or one of the other middle infielders whose name isn’t Francisco Lindor, traded. Whether before the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline, or during the offseason.
Speculation ran rampant leading up to MLB’s trade deadline this afternoon, that the Indians would move Cabrera.
Earlier in the day, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that that was “growing confidence” A-Cab would be moved. Oldney also reported that the Mariners were a sleeper candidate to acquire Cabby’s services.
Cabrera will be a free agent at the end of this season.