Asdrubal Cabrera

Asdrubal Cabrera, Matt Adams & Allen Craig could soon be available

The Cardinals may soon look to trade an established hitter, such as 1B Matt Adams or OF-1B Allen Craig, rival GMs told columnist Jon Heyman (SI.com, May 11).

Similarly, ESPN’s Jim Bowden says the Indians could look to trade SS Asdrubal Cabrera this summer, in advance of the player’s pending free agency (ESPN Insider, May 13).

Cabrera, 28, is batting .246 with a .325 OBP, three home runs and 11 RBI in 38 games at shortstop for the Indians this season. He is a career .271 hitter with a lifetime .747 OPS.

The Indians reportedly listened to offers for Cabrera last winter (Rosenthal, Dec. 10), at which time the Mets were not interested  (Sherman, Dec. 10).

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The early buzz from St. Louis is that the Cardinals are more likely to trade Adams, since they talked with quite a few teams about him last winter and Craig can play first base. Back then, the big rumor had Adams and pitcher Shelby Miller being the featured players in a potential deal for Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki or O’s SS JJ Hardy. However, the Rockies and Orioles were asking for more and that’s where talks ended.

In other words, if St. Louis has young pitching to trade and is looking to acquire a bit-hitting shortstop, the Mets are the least likely team for them to do business with. Plus, Adams doesn’t walk much and he strikes out a ton, so I’m not sure there would be a fit anyway…

In regards to Cabrera, the Indians were simply gauging the market last winter, baseball insiders said, indicating Cleveland was never really serious about moving him. Instead, they were probably getting a read on what to ask for this summer, in the event their season wasn’t panning out as hoped. The impression I got from Mets people last winter was that they were concerned about his increase in strikeouts, weakening pitch selection and decreasing range. His stats indicate he may be seeing the ball a bit better, but I’m not sure if it’s enough to sway opinions and justify parting with a prospect.




66 comments
John Cross
John Cross

Surprised to see Matt Adams could be available. Craig hasn't done much this year and Cabrera hasn't been great the last 2 years but still a very good player.

eavdr10
eavdr10

This lineup needs a true real powe hitter. A no doubter, But who? your guess as good as mine

Christopher Masiello
Christopher Masiello

Cabrera has a .747 OPS for his career. If the Mets could pencil that into the lineup, this offense just might not be the worst offense that I have ever seen.

He's not really a power hitter (homers), so the Citi Field plague might not kill his whole offensive game.

Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

It doesn't matter who the mets get. He could be a .500 hitter, but he'll hit .200 at citi. It's the Shea curse. Bay and Granderscam are the 2 latest examples

Nick Squatrito
Nick Squatrito

ill take Matt Adams. At least the 400 pound singles hitter gets on base and hits over .300. Craig and Asdrubal... No

Pauly Pins
Pauly Pins

Haa I don't want any of these hacks

Pauly Pins
Pauly Pins

HAAA Eli and who cares more old hacks keep the kid playing and learning

JoeBourgeois
JoeBourgeois

You mean "big-hitting shortstop," not "bit-hitting." 
And I doubt they're still looking for one after they dropped $52 mill on Peralta.

MMIAA
MMIAA

bit-hitting shortstop,

sylow59
sylow59

The Cards need a 2Bmen and a minor league catcher. They don't need a SS, bit hitting or otherwise.

Think Murphy and Plawecki.

Adams can flat out hit. And, once again, Matt shows he doesn't understand what Moneyball is all about

fatherflot
fatherflot

Yeah, let's get another washed up middle infielder from the Indians.  Baerga and Alomar worked out so well.

xplr
xplr

Wake me up when the mets actually decide to add payroll. Until then, these stories are both wishful thinking and meaningless.

John Vastola
John Vastola

I have a buddy who is a Tribe fan. He says they need pitching real bad and that Asdrubal is not as good as he once was. But I'd do that trade as long as we don't deal the trio of good young arms.

nagel100
nagel100

now the Marlins know what the mets feel like.  Jose is down and facing TJ surgery but unlike Harvey he won't be back until mid 2015.


kills them as a wild card.


nationals look like the best team.

hashburry
hashburry

What's a bit-hitting SS?  And why is a guy that strikes out a lot not a fit for the mets?

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

Why trade for Cabrera now? I'd rather wait it out and pursue them on the free agent market in the off-season (unless we can get a window to negotiate).

oddmanrush
oddmanrush

Who cares? If there name isn't some 31-year old fringe Triple A player you haven't heard of, they aren't interested.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

The Indians over value Cabrera completely. Flores's minors numbers indicate that he can be even more productive offensively than Cabrera. If Flores can continue to prove that he can atleast make the routine plays and hold his own defensively then why would we even think about giving the Indians prospects for a mediocre hitter??

mkaufman1
mkaufman1

Whats a bit-hitting shortstop?  A shortstop that bytes?

Michael McDermott
Michael McDermott

Matt Adams — strikes out too much, doesn't walk a lot, can hit .280-.300 with a little pop (definitely not the type of hitter Alderson looks for). We're looking for someone who can hit .260 (or less) in the Mexican Winter League, with little to no pop, BUT HAS GOOD PITCH RECOGNITION -- and will accept the league minimum. Maybe Jake Taylor is available to play catcher???

mets2891
mets2891

Don't tell me the Mets aren't financially strapped when they can just sign Drew and not give up anybody.

@Nick Squatrito  Yeah, it's not like Craig has ever hit over.300 in his career.  Oh wait...

Christopher Masiello
Christopher Masiello

@JimmyFromDBX I do agree that they need an absolute stud in the 4-hole. However, I'll take a few slightly better than average guys to replace our two worst hitters.

Swap out Tejada and DarNoGood for Cabrera and Any catcher who can actually catch a pitch, throw a ball, and hit his weight. What does that do to the run total?

hankypanky
hankypanky

Correction: think Murphy and d'Arnaud.

eavdr10
eavdr10

@sylow59 Murphy is the best hitter on our team. Above average offense for his position. The only player on our team who could say that. Murphy needs to be locked up not sent out. Our number 2 hole for now and beyond

mi
mi

Still trying to get rid of Murphy what more does he have to do

Billy Suede
Billy Suede

@mets2death  followed by every met fan finding caveats to every player's game while saying the mets don't spend any money...


i wonder if we still shouldn't consider going after stanton. nah...too young, can't give up pitching..

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

I fear Tulo's numbers away from Coors field. In Colorado he's an all-star, on the road he's not. I'm betting they don't make that distinction when asking for a return in any proposed trades for him.

fatherflot
fatherflot

@Zach Goeringer  My wife is a die-hard Indians fans and watches all the games.  Trust me, A-Cab is washed up.  This is a Baerga and Alomar dump all over again.  Don't do it.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@mets2891 I'm sure the Mets are financially strapped, but I don't necessarily think passing on Drew is proof of that. If payroll continues to be an issue, I don't want to waste funds on Drew. I'd rather spend on an impact player.

I can see Drew struggling big time with whomever he signs with.

anymos
anymos

@Pete Brilvitch @mets2891 People seem to think we can plug in Drew and he'll replicate what he did in Fenway.  With the amount of time he's been away, I think he'll be closer to replicating what Tejada is already producing.  You want a SS who can hit?  You need to hope Flores can stick at the position and deliver on his potential.

hashburry
hashburry

@Steven Matregrano @Victor Triguero  Please.  Mets are not putting another high priced OFer on this team.  And the only way I would like the trade is if Wheeler is the main piece going to Colorado.  He is clearly the lowest ceiling guy out of the 3 big righties.

nncyel
nncyel

@hashburry @Steven Matregrano @Victor Triguero  Wright has a higher career OPS+ than Tulo. Granted he's a 3B and Tulo is a SS - you expect higher out of 3B than SS - even so, you're making a player to player comparison and you're simply wrong. 

Nick Squatrito
Nick Squatrito

@spider43 @Steven Matregrano  Maybe even Gee? Maybe? So if Gee's holding up the deal you'd tell Colorado's GM you'll think about it and call him back? No, you include him in a heartbeat

spider43
spider43

@Steven Matregrano.... Getting hurt "a lot" is an understatement. But I would NOT trade Syndergaard for him. Montero and/or Meija, yes. Maybe even Gee. Not Syndergaard.