Report: “Growing Confidence” of Asdrubal Cabrera Trade, Nats Rumored to Have Interest

Ken Rosenthal first reported this morning that the Washington Nationals had expressed interest in Cleveland Indians’ infielder Asdrubal Cabrera. This deal is interesting, because it could allow for a platoon between him and Danny Espinosa.

Both are switch hitters, but Espinosa struggles from the left side while actually being an above average hitter from the right. Cabrera is about even from both sides of the dish, but that means he could face right-handed batters with Espinosa matching up against lefties.

Espinosa is hitting .295 and is an above-average run creator against lefties this season while hitting a paltry .186 and creating runs at a well-below average rate. Meanwhile, Cabrera hits .248 from the left and creates runs at a slightly below-average pace while hitting .245 and creating runs at just about league average pace.

ESPN’s Buster Olney reported this afternoon that there was “growing confidence” of a Cabrera trade this afternoon.

(Statistics from FanGraphs, run creation references use wRC+)

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