Rich Pilling/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The NL East leading Washington Nationals acquired infielder Asdrubal Cabrera from the Cleveland Indians, in exchange for shortstop Zach Walters Thursday.
Cabrera is a two-time All Star and is hitting .246, with nine home runs, 40 RBIs, and seven stolen bases this season.
The Nationals skipper Matt Williams says Cabrera will play mainly at second base.
“I like that he is battle tested,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. “He has been in the playoffs before. He has been through pennant races. He is a terrific two-way player. He is a great defensive middle infielder. He has been a terrific shortstop defensively. He played second base earlier in his career and played that outstanding. He is very balanced from both side of the plate. He is a big league hitter. We did a lot of work on his makeup and character. He fits in our clubhouse. We heard nothing but positive things about him.”
Cabrera, who is in the final year of a three-year contract, is in his eighth major league season. During that time he has compiled a .270 batting average, 82 home runs, 430 RBIs, and 69 stolen bases.Read More →