It was reported in early November that Sandy Alderson’s top off-season priority was to upgrade shortstop and he would turn to the trade market (Cabrera, White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez and A’s SS Jed Lowrie) if he was unable to sign a free agent (Sherman, Nov. 7).
However, the asking price for Cabrera is sky high, according to people at the Winter Meetings (Brender, Dec. 10). Similarly, A’s GM Billy Beane has been rather vocal in public about not wanting to trade Lowrie.
Maggie Wiggin, Contributor
Cabrera is a good offensive shortstop coming off a subpar age-27 season. His batting, generally well above average for the position, dropped off somewhat, due to a spike in strikeouts and a drop in BABIP… He seems likely to rebound somewhat, though perhaps not to the level of his All-Star seasons in 2011 and 2012. Defense has always been his weakness, though, and this last season was his worst yet with -12.8 UZR.