The Cleveland Indians will trade shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera
by next winter, sources told Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.
Spoke with a few sources from other teams who think Asdrubal will be traded by next winter. Aviles' 2+ deal w/ option increases that sense.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) February 7, 2013
Cabrera has been on the trade block throughout the offseason, and while Cleveland elected to part ways with veteran outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, they retained the shortstop.
Still, Cabrera’s days in Cleveland could be numbered, as there are expectations that he’ll be traded by next offseason. Bastian notes that the Indians’ recent two-year agreement with Mike Aviles only “increases that sense” that Cabrera will be traded.
The Indians acquired Cabrera from the Seattle Mariners in the summer of 2006 in exchange for Eduardo Perez. He’s since spent the last six seasons with the club, acting as its regular shortstop since 2009.
Last season for the Indians, Cabrera hit .270/.338/.423 with 35 doubles and 16 home runs. Over six seasons in the majors, the 27-year-old owns a career batting line of .279/.342/.416.