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Blue Jays considering Asdrubal Cabrera for second base

Jul 30, 2014, 7:37 PM EST

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Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has the scoop …

The Blue Jays are one of a few teams that has emerged as a possibility for available Indians infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.

Cabrera has been the Indians’ shortstop but he’d play second for the Jays.

FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reported earlier this month that the Giants are also targeting Cabrera, who is scheduled to become a free agent five days after the 2014 World Series. San Francisco already has a very good defensive shortstop in 27-year-old Brandon Crawford, so Cabrera would presumably be asked to play second base out there as well.

Cabrera hasn’t made an appearance at the keystone since 2009 — when he started 28 games at second base for Cleveland — but his range at shortstop has been questionable over the years so it might actually be a good move. Cabrera, 28, is batting .249/.308/.390 with nine homers and 40 RBI in 96 games this season.

Jays second basemen have hit .264/.315/.374 this year. Giants second baseman are at .176/.257/.276.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Cabrera is hitting .249 and has questionable range. He can hit home runs however the Jays do not need more home runs. On the other hand, Ryan Goins is a superb fielder and in the 8 games since his recall from the minors has hit .345 and has 7 RBI’s. No home runs, but a couple of doubles a triple. Toronto is also using Muenori Kawasaki at second (as well as short and third). Kawasaki entered tonight’s game with a .294 BA. Both of them have higher on base percentages than Cabrera.

    Therefore, I doubt the accuracy of this story.

    • elwaysagenius - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      something something sample size

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:23 PM

        There is a decent sample size for Cabrera.

    • jinx21fan - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      I agree 100% proudlycanadian. Goins can hit Cabrera’s .249, with zero HRs, for all I care. His defence more than makes up for any additional “power” Cabrera brings.

      Melky is heating up again. Gose and Navarro are starting to contribute. Lawrie, EE, and Lind will be back (looks like Lawrie soonest) and Valencia added as depth. The offense is fine as is.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    By the way Drew. This is not a scoop. Other internet scribblers have written the same guff.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      You ruin all the fun

  3. tolbuck - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Just get rid of Cabrera. I don’t care if it is for a bag of baseballs at this point. The Tribe isn’t going anywhere this season anyway, so I’ll be content to see running Aviles and Ramirez out to short the rest of the season. I don’t want them to start the clock on Lindor just yet.

  4. janessa31888 - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Take him, please.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      We don’t want him.

      • jaysprospectarilo - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:44 AM

        Definitely not. I”ll take shoddy hitting from Goins anyday.

      • jaysprospectarilo - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:47 AM

        Which is to say that I’ll take his hitting as he has been from Triple-A this time around. He’s putting the ball in play much better and taking good whacks at the ball lately.

  5. r8rnuck - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    last trade between tribe and jays certainly worked out well for tribe so lets have another go at it!

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