Nationals Acquire Asdrubal Cabrera

2:32pm: The Indians are paying the entirety of the $3.33MM remaining on Cabrera’s deal, tweets MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, who says that Cleveland is very high on Walters.

2:21pm: The Nationals have officially announced the acquisition of shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera from the Indians in exchange for  infielder Zach Walters and cash considerations.

Asdrubal Cabrera

The 28-year-old Cabrera is hitting .246/.305/.386 with nine homers and seven steals on the season. While defensive metrics have never liked his glovework at shortstop, his bat is above average for the position, and he could fill in for the Nationals at second base, with Anthony Rendon sliding back over to third base on a full-time basis in the wake of Ryan Zimmerman‘s injury.

Cabrera grades out better in his career at second base than his career at shortstop, albeit in a much smaller sample size (1341 innings at second base). Cabrera has about $3.33MM of this season’s $10MM salary remaining, and he is a free agent at season’s end.

The 24-year-old Walters entered the season as Washington’s No. 14 prospect, per Baseball America. He received a brief promotion to the Majors but didn’t capitalize on his time there, hitting just .205/.279/.462 in 43 plate appearances. While he did belt three homers, he also whiffed 16 times in that small sample. BA praised his raw power but questioned his plate discipline and noted a high number of seemingly careless throwing errors. While he has a chance to stick at shortstop with some offensive upside, BA feels he likely profiles as a utility infielder that can fill in at various positions.

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer first reported that Cabrera had been traded (Twitter link). MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian added that the Nats were his destination (Twitter link).  Hoynes then tweeted Walters was going to Cleveland, and ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted details on the cash considerations.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.


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39 Comments on "Nationals Acquire Asdrubal Cabrera"


AZDbacksfan1
1 year 3 days ago

Gotta love them mystery teams

J. Alora
1 year 3 days ago

Well that mystery lasted all of ninety seconds.

Seth
1 year 3 days ago

Yankees, Red Sox, A’s or Mets?

Noah Baron
1 year 3 days ago

Definitely not the Mets. Cabrera’s contract expires at end of year

Greg Smith
1 year 3 days ago

Must be the A’s

Teddy Toronto
1 year 3 days ago

Jays

mlbaustin
1 year 3 days ago

A’s for Hammel?

mlbaustin
1 year 3 days ago

Nope, Nats

Alex Foltz
1 year 3 days ago

Things can’t ALL go well for the A’s this trade deadline

Cabro Epico
1 year 3 days ago

A’s again? LOL

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 3 days ago

Nah A’s need more pitching

Jon
1 year 3 days ago

Nats

Ray Ray
1 year 3 days ago

It’s the Nationals, going to play second.

Eric Danger Hart
1 year 3 days ago

Report that he went to the Nationals

B Fritz
1 year 3 days ago

its the Nationals

cjr45
1 year 3 days ago

The unknown and unclear teams are really scoring some deals today

Ryan Jasper
1 year 3 days ago

Oakland

Alex Foltz
1 year 3 days ago

Can’t wait to see who the Nats gave up for Cabrera

The_Porcupine
1 year 3 days ago

Nat’s have an infield full of low average, toolsy players now. So much for Espinoza.

J. Alora
1 year 3 days ago

The Giants could use Espinosa. He’s no Dan Uggla.

Jose Villasano
1 year 3 days ago

i wonder if they gave up Ian Desmond

OaklandFan22
1 year 3 days ago

No way

Jose Villasano
1 year 3 days ago

the only reason why they should is because they have to many infielders

FacelessGeneralManager
1 year 3 days ago

Ummmmm. LOL?

Natsfan89
1 year 3 days ago

No Cole/Michael Taylor *crosses fingers*

Danny Phillips
1 year 3 days ago

It’s a rental. Hearing it’s Walters which I’m fine with. He is Espinosa Jr. who is weak defensively.

teddy
1 year 3 days ago

its for Walters

Allismileo
1 year 3 days ago

Rizzo does it again!

Grizzy
1 year 3 days ago

This move is somewhat confusing.

Danny Phillips
1 year 3 days ago

Nats needed a cheap rental 2B with Zimmerman out. Espinosa can’t hit RHP.

max
1 year 3 days ago

Ehh…when you take into account his bad defense (I think he has 14 errors this year already) I don’t think his offensive production is that much better then Espi’s. When you combined both Espi & Cabrera offense and defense I don’t think Cabs is that much better….if he’s even better at all. There’s not even that many redeeming qualities about him; sure he has postseason expierence….but he has 5 hits in 50 AB’s (.200 average). Like Espi he still strikes out a lot (79 in 378 Ab’s [once every 4.8 AB’s he strikes out]; Espi strikes out once every 2.7 AB’s), neither walk much (27 for Cabrera, 17 for Espi) but Espi is so much better on defense does Cabrera’s .246 .305 .386 .691 batting line really make up for his short-comings on defense, moving to a position he hasn’t played in 5 years?? I don’t.

Natsfan89
1 year 3 days ago

He’s a significant upgrade over Espi so far as hitting rightys is concerned. I mean, I like the dudes glove as much as the next guy but he’s so, so bad against RHP.

blovy8
1 year 3 days ago

Espinosa strikes out about 10 percent more, it’s not close. Cabrera has even shown more power, the real knock will be the defense, and they can still get Espinosa in there against LH starters and for late defense. Frandsen is the expendable guy who they should punt for an actual bench hitter, but that’s probably a waiver pickup

discollama
1 year 2 days ago

That bad defense came at SS, the hardest position on the diamond. Cabrera should be ok at 2B