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Report: Giants targeting Indians’ Asdrubal Cabrera, Mike Aviles

Jul 19, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

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The Giants, in need of infield help, have been considering shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and utilityman Mike Aviles as trade options, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. The Giants recently got Marco Scutaro back from the disabled list, but he has played in just one game since being activated on July 11.

Cabrera, 28, is earning $10 million this season and is eligible for free agency after the season. To date, he has posted a mediocre .250/.310/.399 with nine home runs and 38 RBI. As Cabrera is subpar defensively at shortstop and the Giants already have a productive Brandon Crawford, they would likely opt to put Cabrera at second base if they happened to acquire him.

Aviles, 33, is earning $3 million this season. His contract includes a $3.5 million club option for 2015 with a $250,000 buyout. He has played at five different positions this season: third base, second base, left field, shortstop, and center field. At the dish, he has compiled a .269/.287/.358 with three home runs, 23 RBI, and eight stolen bases.

The Indians may not decide to sell, however. They enter Saturday’s action at 48-47, 6.5 games out of first place in the AL Central. A good week could prompt them to gear up for a playoff push instead.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    The fact that Mike Aviles is still a major league baseball player makes me feel really crappy about the fact that I’ve never been a professional major league baseball player.

    Because I am definitely better than him.

    • chiadam - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:20 AM

      No.

  2. hcf95688 - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Who the hell do the giants have that some other team would want?

    • tfbuckfutter - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      Who do they have that is worse than Aviles?

      • jeffkx - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        Did Mike Aviles have sex with your sister or something?

  3. tfbuckfutter - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    So the thumb bandit is Mike Aviles or a relative.

    Interesting.

  4. spyder9669 - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    The Giants are in first place..ahead of the mighty Dodgers….so apparently they got alot of what other teams should want.

  5. cdatzker - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:57 AM

    The Giants need to call The Seattle Mariners to find out Nick Franklin availability. I think that Asdrudal Cabrera is not what The Giants need or want. Mike Aviles is better than nothing. The Giants could approach The Chicago Cubs about Darwin Barney, who is a 2nd Baseman.

  6. janessa31888 - Jul 20, 2014 at 6:09 AM

    If you like a very error prone shortstop, by all means take Asdrubal. I still think it’s dreadful that he is allowed to wear Omar’s old number. He’s not in the same universe defensively.

  7. jfield1974 - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Aviles is a solid role player and short term starter. Those of y’all who say otherwise need to watch him work, with the Indians don’t care about previous.

    Lindor is ready, Asdrubal for a bag of balls and some pine tar! A corked bat for Albert “Don’t Call Me Joey” Belle bobblehead day as a throw in.

  8. provguard - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Asdrubal may not have a good at SS, he does have a respectable bat. imo I think the Giants are better off with Asdrubal than Utley, just in case Jonathan Sanchez stops by for a visit….lol

  9. kvt7280 - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    The Giants farm system ain’t that good so hold on to your prospects and move on with Scutaro, Uggla and Panik at 2b for the rest of the season.

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