Mets should talk to the Indians about Asdrubal Cabrera

Posted: October 3, 2013 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion

By Steven Inman

Photo by ESPN

Photo by ESPN


The Cleveland Indians 4-0 loss Wednesday night resulted in their strong season coming to an end, resulting in them looking to make a few tweaks to their 2014 roster. One of those “tweaks” could mean trading shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera is a two time all-star who had the worst year of his career in 2013, hitting just .242. He is under team control thru 2014 at $10 million dollars but rumors of a Cabrera trade have been rampant the last few months despite the Indians successful 2013 season. It seems they are ready to move on from him and the Mets should talk to the Indians about filling their vacant shortstop hole. The Indians have top prospect Fransisco Lindor who is their shortstop of the future and with Cabrera only under team control for one more season, Cleveland is likely to move their shortstop.

Cabrera is well known throughout baseball for his ability to make the dazzling play. He has been on highlight plays for years for his ability to start the bare handed double play. That being said most defensive UZR measurements don’t like his defense and view him as a sub-par shortstop. That being said, he can hit and hit for power.  Cabrera has hit 55 homers over the past three years and the Mets are actively looking for more power this winter. Cabrera doesn’t walk much but his on base percentage before this year was never a liability.

Is Cabrera the best shortstop in the game right now? Obviously not but in a very thin shortstop market between trades and free agency Cabrera’s trade market should be very deep and the Mets should strongly consider trading a pitching prospect (not named Noah Syndergaard) for him. With both Scott Kazmir and Ubaldo Jimenez as free agents, the Indians will probably be looking for a pitcher or two in a trade should they deal their all-star shortstop. Cabrera had a tough year but he is only 27 and should rebound in a new environment.

Who should be the Mets shortstop next year?

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – Great observation. Sandy Alderson needs tp leave no stone unturned. Cabrera would be an up grade for the Mets provided 2013 wasn’t an anomaly for him. The question is which pitcher would the Mets need to part with. In their discussions woth other GMs in the past they always seem to want the one player the Mets don’t want to give up. Syndergaard should not be traded. I saw the recent interview of him on the SNY telecast during a game last week. I want to see him pitching in a Mets uniform ASAP. Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      That;s the question Mike, is Cabrera regressing or was 2013 simply an anomaly for him? I don’t think there are too many players in the league that Sandy will trade Noah for. He looks like the real deal and he should be up once the Super Two deadline passes in June just like Wheeler during the 2013.

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