The Washington Nationals have just hours left to make a decision before the MLB non-waiver trade deadline. The team is keeping their mouths shut in terms of leaking out any indications of who they may be pursuing. They did, however, reportedly inquire about Cleveland Indians infielder Asdrubal Cabrera. The inquiry makes sense given that the Indians have expressed interest in moving Cabrera and the Nationals are also in the market for versatility in the infield.
It seems as though the recent injury to 3B Ryan Zimmerman might be worse than initially expected. If he is going to miss more than just a few weeks, the team would like to have options when it comes to the lineup.
Cabrera is in his eighth season both in the majors and with the Indians. He is a career .270 hitter and is on his way to his sixth 100-hit season. He would be a great option to flex in and out of the infield lineup. As it stands, Danny Espinosa is getting the majority of the work at second base, but his bat hasn’t been as consistent as the Nationals would like. Bringing in another solid hitter and infielder could alleviate some of the pressure.
Eyes are on the Nationals in the final hours approaching the deadline. The team is in a race with the Atlanta Braves for first place in the NL East and will be looking to win down the stretch.