Indians trade Cabrera to Nationals, receive shortstop Walters
The Cleveland Indians completed a trade with the Washington Nationals on Thursday just an hour before the trade deadline sending shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to the Nationals in exchange for shortstop Zach Walters. The Indians also sent the Nationals cash in the deal and are paying the remaining portion of his salary this season.
Cabrera, 28, was hitting .246 with 9 HR, 40 RBI and .692 OPS in 97 games. He was in the final year of his contract and is making $10 million this season. He is expected to play second base for the Nationals.
Walters, 24, is a switch-hitter who has split the season between the big leagues and Tripe-A Syracuse. In 60 games with Syracuse he was hitting .300 with 15 HR, 48 RBI and .965 OPS, and in 32 games with the Nationals was hitting .279 with 3 HR, 5 RBI and .741 OPS. Over his 51 game minor league career he owns a .280 batting average with 69 HR, 284 RBI and .806 OPS. He also has a 130-493 walk to strikeout ratio in 2,101 plate appearances.
Walters will replace Cabrera on the 40-man roster and is also expected to be added to the active 25-man roster in Cleveland. While he has played shortstop for most of his career, he profiles more as an everyday player at third base or as a utility player that plays all the infield positions and corner outfield positions as well.
I have nightmares of Asdrubal dropping double play throws.
As for what could or could not happen this year - both ACab and Masterson are totally replaceable in the lineup with spare parts that can contribute more than these two have this year.
What we desperately need is for McAllister to return to form. At least he is not making $10 million while looking for the magic.
Our management has now allowed Detroit to be large with Price and heads above us. I was hoping that management would not give our season up, just to save money and not even try to get pitching. Management really sucks.
What did you expect the Indians to get for a 240 hitter that does not hit in the clutch, loves to hit into dp, his defensive skills heading south, has not played 2b since 2009 and is a 2 month rental for the Nats? Maybe the Indians did ask for more return and I bet the Nats say NOOOOOO WAYYY!!!!
I don't understand the plan right now.
If we are sellers - does Aguilar get called up?
The best part about Walters is that he's a switch hitter with balanced stats this season, so if he pans out, he's an everyday player. This somewhat blocks one of JRam or Urshela though and my best guess is that one of them gets traded for a SP this offseason.
Regardless of how he pans out, you have to applaud that Antonetti was able to get something for a player who would not be here in 2015 anyway. Look at how many teams were not able to sell their rentals. It's a good deal with some serious upside.
I'd like to know what the Indians have planned for Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall down the road.
I mean, if Jose Ramirez looks like he can start at SS and do some things with the bat and Zach Walters can legitimately be a nice player at 3B (the Indians apparently love him), the Indians could get a lot in terms of pitching for Francisco Lindor and Lonnie Chisenhall if they so chose. Doubt that happens, but this infield situation will be an interesting follow over the next year.
My question is; who plays SS the rest of the year in Cleveland?
And where does Chis play if Walters is the future 3B?
Walters looks to have plus power, something we really need. Just hope his defense will play better at the corners.
Walters is considered a future everyday starter, possibly at 3B. He's young and controllable. Asdrubal is older and not controllable....it's all about the future.