5 Players Who Could Replace A Legend
By Matt Mirro
Sep 26, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (3) dives to catch a line drive by Miami Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee (not pictured) in the ninth inning to end the game in game one of a baseball doubleheader at Nationals Park. Washington Nationals defeated Miami Marlins 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Age: 28; Bats/Throws: Both/Right; Career Numbers: .268 batting average, 87 HR, 451 RBI
Asdrubal Cabrera isn’t exactly a first round draft choice in your fantasy league… or your second round choice… Okay fine! You’re never going to draft Asdrubal Cabrera. But in his eight seasons in the major leagues, Cabrera has showed flashes of big offensive ability, hitting .273 with 25 home runs and 92 RBI back in 2011. He’s hit double-digits in round trippers, and has 60 or more RBI ever since his career year and the small dimensions of Yankee Stadium along with a lot of solid protection in the lineup could help spark another monster season at the plate.
While his defense is pretty bad all around, Cabrera finds a way to step it up in big situations and turn himself into a human highlight reel. After being traded from the Cleveland Indians to the Washington Nationals before this past trading deadline, Cabrera will not cost the Yankees a draft pick because players who are traded mid-season cannot be extended a qualifying offer. Signing Cabrera wouldn’t cost that much either as the 28-year-old isn’t as high profile as some of the bigger names on the market. As we all know, contracts are influenced by supply and demand. Cabrera is good, but other players are better and the Yankees should be able to get him on a low risk/high reward type of deal.