Reporting Matt Loede
NASHVILLE (92.3 The Fan) - Asdrubal Caberea may have woken up Wednesday as a member of the Cleveland Indians, but if all indications are correct, he may not end the day as one.
The Indians are talking to the Arizona Diamondbacks, who need a shortstop, about a mega-deal that involves not only them, but three other teams.
Reports say that the other two teams involved in the deal include the Texas Rangers and possibly Toronto Blue Jays.
Here’s the deal in a nutshell:
Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton heads to the Rangers; Cabrera goes to the Diamondbacks; and Rangers prospects, including infiedler Mike Olt comes to the Indians.
The Rays would not be involved in this particular scenario. The deal, however, is not imminent. This trade would come on the heels of the 12-player blockbuster trade between the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays two weeks ago.
There’s also reports the Indians may deal directly with the D-Backs for a deal that would include a couple of players, including minor league pitching prospect Trevor Bauer.
Last season Cabrera hit 270/.338/.423 with 16 homers and 35 doubles for the Indians, and is a two-time All-Star at shortstop.
The Indians trade with the Jays earlier this offseason to acquire Mike Aviles, who new manager Terry Francona managed in Boston, put the writing on the wall for a deal at some point this offseason for Cabrera.
A source told me last night that there’s “no way” that Cabrera does not get moved by the Indians in the near future, and that the deal would involve pitching of some sort.