Nationals acquire Asdrubal Cabrera from Indians in exchange for Zach Walters
by Amanda Comak
In a move that bolsters their infield defense and gives manager Matt Williams an additional lineup option, the Washington Nationals acquired infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and cash considerations from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for infielder Zach Walters on Thursday afternoon.
Cabrera, a veteran shortstop who has started 149 games at second base, is a career .270 hitter (933-for-3460) with 211 doubles, 82 home runs, 290 walks and a .331 career on-base percentage in 914 games, spent exclusively with the Indians.
A two-time All-Star, Cabrera, 28, represented the Indians in the 2011 and 2012 Mid-Summer Classics. His initial All-Star selection came in his finest offensive season, when he hit .273 and established career highs with 25 home runs, 60 extra-base hits and 92 RBI to garner a 2011 AL Silver Slugger award. His on-field contributions have twice helped the Indians qualify for the playoffs (2007, 2013).
A switch-hitter, Cabrera’s numbers are fairly even against both left and right-handed pitching. Although Cabrera’s hit more than three times as many home runs against right-handed pitching (62 to 20), he owns a higher career OPS against left-handers (.753 vs. left, .737 vs. right).
Cabrera has hit 11 home runs in 73 career games in against National League teams.
Cabrera was batting .246 with 33 extra-base hits, including 22 doubles, at the time of the trade. With nine homers, he is just one home run shy of registering his fourth consecutive double-digit homer campaign.
Walters, 24, has hit .234 with three home runs and six RBI in 40 Major League games over the last two seasons. Also a switch hitter, Walters was originally acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in another deadline deal, coming to the Nationals on July 30, 2011 in exchange for right-hander Jason Marquis.