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.
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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.