Olney: Yankees have asked about Asdrubal Cabrera “repeatedly”

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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.

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  • The Real Greg

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

    • trr

      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

  • tmoney

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

  • Mister D

    Oh boy do I love Asdrubal.

  • yooboo

    Is that same Cabrera that has been linking to Biogenesis?

    • yooboo

      scratch that. It isn’t him.

      • Preston

        I’d rather have Everth than Asdrubal even with the suspension. Younger, cheaper, more control, better defender.

        • Slugger27

          ….which is why he’d cost more to get

        • D$1184

          Everth is one of the very, very few bright spots for the Padres right now.

  • The Real Greg

    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

      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.

  • lightSABR

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

  • Mel Hall

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

    • BeanTooth

      No. Below average hitter and fielder. Cabrera is much better.

    • Kosmo

      for the SS position Cabrera is not exactly elite but very solid. I´d say he´s an average fielding SS certainly better than DJ and Nunez and a much better hitter than Nunez. I think he´s been a +4war SS 3 of the last 4 years.

    • Slugger27

      you cant compare nunez’s bat to asdrubal’s and expect to be taken seriously.

      • trr

        Cabrera is light years ahead of Nunez, light years!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Nunez is nowhere close to an average hitter.

      • Preston

        Or a below average fielder, he has a career -26.3 UZR/150 at SS.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Yep, that career 82 wRC+ and career -1.1 WAR seem to have really confused a lot of people.
        The Reverse Nichols Law in full effect.

  • Kosmo

    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.

  • Greg

    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).

  • Darren

    “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….”

  • WhittakerWalt

    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

      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

      • WhittakerWalt

        I will gladly trade them Jayson Nix, then. He is a baseball player, after all.

  • Bill

    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.

    • WhittakerWalt

      His defense can’t be as bad as Jeter’s.

      • D$1184

        That’s not fair. You have to actually play an inning in the field to be considered a bad fielder which is something Jeter hasn’t done in 10 months.

  • mitch

    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

    • Preston

      Looking for pitching help, and they probably think Mike Aviles can replace him adequately.

  • Wheels


    • Wheels

      meant as a reply to WhittakerWalt’s John Sterling crack

  • Adam

    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

    • MB923

      LF – Vernon Wells probably. Still has another year left

    • D$1184

      If this is the line-up, I foresee a lot of drinking on my part.

  • MB923

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

    • trr

      discuss? I don’t like the sound of that either….

  • Bronx Bombers23

    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

      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.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

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

  • qwerty

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

  • Bill H

    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

      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.