The Texas Rangers have taken steps to shore up their third base situation since Adrian Beltre has retired. News out of Arlington broke that they have come to a one year agreement with Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera will receive $3.5 million.
The 33 year old switch hitter first broke into the major leagues in 2007 with the Cleveland Indians. He played primarily SS for the Indians, but is considered a guy who can play all around the infield. The Rangers have confirmed that he will be primarily at third for them.
Cabrera ended last year with the Phillies. In 2018 he hit .262 with 23 HR’s. He has a career .269 average and 162 dingers in 12 years. He has played with the Indians, Nationals, Rays, Mets and Phillies.
Texas traded for Patrick Wisdom earlier this offseason. Wisdom was considered the front runner to take over the hot corner before today. It should be interesting to see how this all plays out. With Cabrera playing all over the infield , Wisdom could play against left handers while Cabrera moves over to first.
The signing of Cabrera solidifies another right handed bat for Texas, which was very much needed.
This is a very good move for Texas and Jon Daniels. Should Cabrera play up to form, he could become attractive to contending teams at the deadline. If he doesn’t play up to form, they haven’t wasted a bunch of money or commitment to the veteran.
Things are starting to heat up so stay tuned. Machado and Harper should come off the board very soon.
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