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Indians trade Cabrera to Nationals, receive shortstop Walters

July 31, 2014
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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.

User Comments

July 31, 2014 - 7:28 PM EDT
Not to unload ACab and Masterson for something of value would have been a plain and simple crime. Neither one has provided value anywhere near their cost. Each was leaving as there was no way they would be paid what the MLB union contract would require next year.

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.

July 31, 2014 - 7:18 PM EDT
IMO Chiz is going to the OF.
July 31, 2014 - 6:45 PM EDT
Wow! Management should be opening their eyes. The trades were awful. ACab traded for a shortstop hitting .205 when we already have Lindor, Ramirez, and other in the minors that can play and hit better than Walters. We trade Masterson for minor league outfielder, with there again minors league players just as good are better. We could have traded for Milone, the left handed pitcher that Minnesota got for an outfielder. We could have traded Murphy an got him and brought up minor league outfielder.
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.
July 31, 2014 - 4:44 PM EDT
@ Matt

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!!!!
July 31, 2014 - 4:30 PM EDT
Another lousy move by Antoinetti. Why this deal? The Twins traded Sam Fuld to A's and got a solid LH starter in Milone! Why weren't we on that? This team will never win under this leadership. They had a chance to make key moves at beginning of the year and instead did nothing. I was on this site saying we should sign Nelson Cruz who was exactly what we needed, RH power middle of the order. Instead we wasted resources on Murphy who is a clone of everyone on the roster. The funny part is everyone was siding with Tribe saying how great Murphy was going to be. This team is full of guys who should be hitting 6th, 7th or 8th, in addition, is desperate for starting pitching. Yet, for trading 2 All-stars we get more clones of what we already have. The minor league system has 1 blue chip prospect, the rest are Back end Starters, 4th outfielders and utility infielders, yet Mirabelli who is responsible for the minor league mess gets promoted to a VP. What a joke
July 31, 2014 - 4:22 PM EDT
I like this deal. At worst, you get a power hitting utility player with a rocket arm who can also play OF as well. If he can improve his approach and start drawing walks, the Indians might have a solid player.

July 31, 2014 - 4:19 PM EDT
Aviles is viewed more as a part-timer at shortstop. Aviles becomes the regular shortstop I would think with Ramirez sliding into Aviles' role as utility guy....though would not be a shock to see it the other way.
July 31, 2014 - 4:18 PM EDT
I'm sure Walters is a fine prospect. But he won't play SS here next year. Plus, while the switch may have finally turned on for Chisenhall this year, the FO obviously has a lack of confidence in him.
I don't understand the plan right now.
If we are sellers - does Aguilar get called up?
July 31, 2014 - 4:18 PM EDT
As for Chisenhall. He's an inconsistent 3B, so maybe the position goes to Urshela/Walters/JRam and Chiz becomes the 1B/DH platooning/rotating with Swish and Aguilar? Why not?
July 31, 2014 - 4:16 PM EDT
It's a good get for 2 month of ACab. Reportedly another high chracter guy. He could be the next Phelps or he could be special, don't think there's much in between considering his hitting style. His power either translates or it doesn't. He put up some sick ISO numbers the past two seasons in AAA.

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.
July 31, 2014 - 3:59 PM EDT
So if Ramirez plays some SS, do the Indians view him as a potential MLB starting SS? I think Aviles sucks and I'd like to see if Ramirez can legitimately play SS at MLB.

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.
July 31, 2014 - 3:52 PM EDT
Aviles and Ramirez play shortstop the rest of the season. Lindor a mid-Sept callup as a part-timer once Columbus season ends.
July 31, 2014 - 3:49 PM EDT
The Indians must really hate Lonnie Chisenhall. They tried to move Santana to 3B half a year ago, and now they trade Asdrubal Cabrera AND eat the rest of his salary to get Zach Walters as a potential 3B.

My question is; who plays SS the rest of the year in Cleveland?
C L Who
July 31, 2014 - 3:45 PM EDT
So, is Aviles going to be traded too? He seems to be a non-rookie completely overlapping the skill set of Walters.

And where does Chis play if Walters is the future 3B?
July 31, 2014 - 3:42 PM EDT
I'm going to have to get to some more Clippers games this year. They are stacked with interesting bats.

Walters looks to have plus power, something we really need. Just hope his defense will play better at the corners.
July 31, 2014 - 3:34 PM EDT
Richard, is doesn't make sense to you? They just added a potential third base option who has versatility, is a switch-hitter, has power, and is big league ready. Seems to fit a good need.
July 31, 2014 - 3:34 PM EDT

Walters is considered a future everyday starter, possibly at 3B. He's young and controllable. Asdrubal is older and not's all about the future.
July 31, 2014 - 3:30 PM EDT
What's the sense in this?
July 31, 2014 - 3:27 PM EDT
Here's a decent scouting report...

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