Cabrera is in the final year of his contract with the Indians, and the team had expressed interest in moving him. The Nationals inquired about Cabrera as they had been searching for infield help.
In his eight seasons with the Indians, Cabrera is posting a .270 batting average and is a strong fielder. While Nationals SS Ian Desmond will most likely remain at his position for the majority of the time, Cabrera will fit in well at either second or third base. 2B Danny Espinosa is a solid fielder but has been streaky at the plate. With the addition of Cabrera, the Nationals now have the option to start either him or Espinosa.
Cabrera is a switch hitter and brings versatility to the batting order. He also has infield experience at shortstop, third and second base. He is a welcomed flex option to the Nationals’ lineup.
The deal also sends infielder Zach Walters to the Indians. Walters was performing well in the minor league system, hitting right around .300. He hadn’t seen much time at the plate in the big leagues as he had just 39 at-bats for a .205 batting average.
The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is here, and this is most likely the biggest move that the Nationals will make.
The addition of Asdrubal Cabrera helps offset some of the injuries the team had, and gives them a complete infield. The addition makes it easier to dream of Nationals tickets getting printed up for the postseason.