The trade deadline is less than three hours away, and Asdrubal Cabrera is still a member of the Cleveland Indians. There’s still plenty of time for general manager Chris Antonetti to move the 28-year-old shortstop.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, a potential trade seems to be gaining momentum.
Growing confidence that Asdrubal Cabrera is traded by Cleveland.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 31, 2014
According to MLB Trade Rumors, four teams have checked Cabrera out.
The Blue Jays were reportedly interested in adding Cabby earlier in the week, but according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Toronto isn’t looking to add a hitter.
The Nationals and two other clubs have been in contact with the Indians about Cabrera, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. One of those other teams could be the Giants, as the two clubs discussed a possible trade earlier in the week.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2014
These reporters also said a Cabby trade isn’t a sure thing.
But seeing as the Indians moved Justin Masterson Wednesday, it’d be a little surprising to see Cabrera stick around.
His skills are in decline, when theoretically, he’s supposed to be at his athletic peak. He came to Spring Training in great shape, and isn’t known to hurting his talents by enjoying too much of Cleveland’s night life.
He’s a former All-Star, who looked to be the next elite hitting shortstop in baseball when he clubbed 25 homers and 92 RBIs in 2011, but since then, his bat has quieted considerably.
Obviously, other teams are aware of Cabrera’s decline, but there’s still a market for his services, due to the lack of quality middle infielders available for trade.
When the Blue Jays were looking at Cabrera, rumors surfed they’d want him to play second base–a position he played during the Indians’ 2007 run to the Central Division title.