Asdrubal Cabrera was an All-Star in 2011 and 2012, yet when Cleveland finally made the playoffs in 2013, the shortstop had arguably the worst season of his career. You can live with his below-average defense at shortstop when he is hitting, but after seeing his offensive line sink to .242/.299/.402 — only good for a 95 wRC+ — Cabrera ended 2013 essentially as a replacement-level player.
With mega-prospect Francisco Lindor honing in on a major league spot and Cabrera only one year from free agency, many fans are ready to move on from the incumbent shortstop following his down season. Lindor is not quite ready yet and should start the season in Double-A Akron, leaving the shortstop position free for at least a few months.
But who should fill that spot in the near-future? Would it be worth bringing Cabrera back for one more season?
To answer that, we should delve into why Cabrera’s 2013 season was as bad as it was. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, December 21, 2013