One of the biggest disappointments of the Tribe’s mostly pleasant season was the regression of Asdrubal Cabrera. It would seem that in the last year of his contract and considering declining production that the Indians might be stuck with Asdrubal, but maybe not. Keith Law of ESPN believes that Cabrera could still be moved.
I think he’ll get moved, as he’s a free agent after the season, makes $10 million this year and Cleveland has top prospect Francisco Lindor breathing down his neck. The problem for GM Chris Antonetti is that Cabrera isn’t very good any more…
He’s just 27 years old and I’m sure some teams will look at him as a bounceback candidate, but if he can’t guarantee you a minimum value with his glove, I’d be uncomfortable giving him that much money to play short.
This is Major League Baseball and I’m not entirely positive that $10 million is enough to make Asdrubal Cabrera a bad risk for some GM in some baseball market. I’m pretty sure that market isn’t Cleveland. It’s amazing how much difference a year makes. At one time Asdrubal Cabrera was thought to be a potential franchise cornerstone for the Tribe. That version of Asdrubal seemed to disappear along with the sage “SWING HARD” advice that came from short-time double-play battery mate Orlando Cabrera, who played 91 games for the Tribe in 2011.