Olney: Yankees have asked about Asdrubal Cabrera “repeatedly”


Via Buster Olney (subs. req’d): The Yankees have “repeatedly” asked the Indians about shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. I assume that means both in recent weeks and further back to previous years, but who really knows. I speculated the two teams had the framework of a trade in place during the Winter Meetings, but was wrong.

Cabrera, 27, is hitting .251/.312/.421 (103 wRC+) with seven homers in 287 plate appearances this year while battling a quad strain. It’s a good offensive year that represents his worst since 2010. Cabrera is a bit below-average defensively at short, and he has experience at both second and third bases. He’s owed less than $3.3M for the rest of this year and is under contract for $10M in 2014. Considering the uncertainty surrounding Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez as well as the fact that his switch-hitting bat would really balance out the lineup, Cabrera makes an awful lot of sense for the Bombers both this year and next.

Categories : Asides, Trade Deadline


  1. The Real Greg says:

    Unfortunately, the rumors currently are that the Cardinals are in talks to trade for him

    • trr says:

      Tough to separate the rumours from the facts at this time of year…but the Cardinal org might be the best in the biz. If our F/O is serious about getting Cabrera (and frankly I don’t like him as much some) they best not sleep on him

  2. tmoney says:

    Cabrera makes sense and so would LoMo. Wouldn’t cost a ton and could help next year as well.

  3. Mister D says:

    Oh boy do I love Asdrubal.

  4. yooboo says:

    Is that same Cabrera that has been linking to Biogenesis?

  5. The Real Greg says:

    Personally I think the Yankees should go hard after Kyle Blanks from San Diego. Plays 1B and OF, hits .299/.378/.494 against LHP, he’s 26 years old, and he’s not elgible for FA until 2016, but he is arbitration eligible after this year.

    • King George says:

      Some of you guys are delusional if you think San Diego, who has one of the best up and coming teams in baseball and has a top farm, is just going to go into sell mode when they’re 6-7 games out of the NL West and having a pretty decent ownership group willing to spend this offseason. Just because they’ve sucked for so long, doesn’t mean that they’re just going to sell now that they have affordable players. They’re going to extend Gyorko, Alonso, and Cabrera. Probably will do the same with Blanks.

  6. lightSABR says:

    Below-average defensively at short, so… how much better than Jeter? ;)

  7. Mel Hall says:

    Average hitter, below average fielder, don’t the Yankees already have that guy in Nunez?

  8. Kosmo says:

    I find it kinda silly that Cleveland would trade their starting SS, which would leave a void at the position, to the Yanks. Lindor is still at least 2 years away. Who would NY include in the deal ? Nunez ?
    If the rumor has any legs whatsoever it makes one wonder how NY feels about moving forward with Jeter and Nunez.
    Same thing holds true for the Cards would they swap Kosma and 2 elite prospects for example Wong and Wacha for Cabrera? IDTS.

  9. Greg says:

    asked repeatedly – might as well ask repeatedly about Mike Trout. Nothing to offer. Plus, do we want $10M in 2014 salary (only if Jeter retires, which isn’t going to happen).

  10. Darren says:

    “Hey guys, how about Asdrubal?”

    “Nah, we’re not looking to trade him.”

    “Ok, ok….well, how about Asdrubal?”

    “I said no.”

    “Would you move Asdrubal?”


    “one last question….”

  11. WhittakerWalt says:

    John Sterling is furiously scribbling prospective home run calls in his FiloFax as we speak.

    This will represent quite a challenge for him.

    “The A.C. is on blast!”

    • jsbrendog says:

      the indians fans above the big wall called him ass dribble when i went and seemed to have an overall opinion of he sucks… obv sss and fans arent the greatest talent evaluators. just a fun fact

  12. Bill says:

    I like the idea but Cabrera’s defense at SS is pretty terrible. Although his defensive flexibility on the infield could be a nice bonus.

    He is however one of the best offensive SS in the game and has been a fairly similar player to Jeter production wise and defensively over the past few years. So it could be a simple transition, but considering his defense is on par with Jeter’s at much younger age that doesn’t bode well for his long term future at the position. Then again he isn’t signed for that long.

  13. mitch says:

    Makes a lot of sense for the Yanks, but i don’t know why CLE would be sellers. If they were, i’d also be interested in Mark Reynolds as a 1B platoon/righty DH/emergency 3B

  14. Wheels says:


  15. Adam says:

    I’d love Asdrubal Cabrera on this team and would have no problem giving up a good pitching prospect to get him if that’s the starting point. He can split time between SS and 3B the next two years while Jeter and A-Rod alternate DH/off days. Switch hitter with power who could slide into the two or three hole. The Yanks desperately need a switch hitter in their lineup to breakup all the lefties. Next year your lineup could be:

    Gardner – CF
    Jeter – SS
    Cabrera – 3B
    Cano – 2B
    Teixeira – 1B
    A-Rod – DH
    ??? – LF (assuming they don’t re-sign Grandy)
    Stewart/Cervelli/Romine/Sanchez/whoever – C
    Ichiro – RF

  16. MB923 says:

    Jack Curry just said that Cashman will discuss Jeter’s MRI later this afternoon. That is not good news.

  17. Bronx Bombers23 says:

    If it’s an overpaid, under performing veteran, then we are all over him.

    $10 million next year for Cabrera? Pass. How many dead weight vets do we need on the roster for 2014?

    • mitch says:

      How is he a dead weight vet? He’s 27 and in an underperforming year he’s still better than most of the current lineup and most MLB shortstops.

  18. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    This would be worthwhile for the ability to make “Ass Dribble” jokes alone.

  19. qwerty says:

    The Indians have asked for Joba. Cashman won’t budge!

  20. Bill H says:

    Indians fan here.
    I’ve been a huge Indians fan for over 40 years now, and I watch almost all of the Indians games. Don’t forget, I watched Omar Vizquel win numerous gold gloves at shortstop for Cleveland. With that said, I consider Asdrubal Cabrera to be a somewhat above average defensive shortstop. He’s not in Vizquel’s league as a shortstop, but he is very underrated defensively IMO. He’s a far better defensive shortstop than Johnny Peralta was for us or is now with Detroit. I don’t think that you would be at all unhappy with his defense if he was with the Yankees.
    As an Indians fan I’m in no hurry to see us trade him, as I think that he’s one of the better shortstops in the American League, but we would still have Mike Aviles to play shortstop until Lindor is ready in a year or two. As an Indians fan, I might be willing to trade Cabrera if the Yankees were willing to give up a top starting pitching prospect or two in return. But it would have to be a guy who is ready to make his big league debut, not a low level minor league guy.

    • D$1184 says:

      We’ve got a few decent middle/back of the rotation types in AA/AAA. Not ready to make their big league debut tomorrow but maybe within a year.

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