There are no certainties that the Cleveland Indians will move him, but the team has received interest in Asdrubal Cabrera from at least four different clubs. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi report that the Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays, and two unnamed teams have talked to the Indians about their long time shortstop who will be a free agent at season’s end.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2014
Cabrera is hitting .246/.305/.386 on the year in 416 PA, but provides strong defense at shortstop despite what most defensive metrics state. The catch here, however, is that the Nationals and Blue Jays would both likely move him to second base if they were to acquire him. Washington has Ian Desmond at short, who’s having a solid season. The Blue Jays have Jose Reyes. Cabrera does have experience at second, but hasn’t played the position since the 2009 season.
Given their need at second base, the San Francisco Giants could potentially be one of the two unnamed teams.
With free agency looming, the Indians had been expected to shop Cabrera as re-signing him is almost certainly not going to be in the works. The organization has been readying to allow top prospect Francisco Lindor a chance to take over. Lindor was recently bumped up to Triple-A, but may not be an immediate callup if Cabrera is moved. The Indians could wait until September or even next Spring to have him make his debut.