Jason Miller/Getty Images
One surprising name that could be available this offseason is Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
The two-time defending AL All-Star has had two strong seasons in a row for the Indians. He finished 2012 with a .270 BA with 16 home runs and 68 RBI. His efforts, however, were not enough to keep the Indians from having another poor season as they finished fourth in the AL Central with a 68-94 record.
Wholesale changes are already afoot on the shores of Lake Erie as they recently hired Terry Francona and made their first significant roster move by adding former Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Mike Aviles.
The Aviles acquisition could open the door ever so slightly for a potential Cabrera trade. Trading the 26-year-old rising star may not be a very popular move with the Tribe faithful, but his value could bring back several building blocks in return.
Mike Brandyberry of the Cleveland Plain Dealer believes Indians GM Chris Antonetti could consider trading Cabrera if the right deal presented itself.
"We have to open-minded and listen to how teams value our guys," Antonetti said in the end-of-the-season press conference via Cleveland.com. "We're not necessarily looking to move anyone, but we have to be open-minded, not just with our Major League roster, but our entire organization. If there is a deal that makes sense for us, we'll move."
There are a couple of teams who could be interested and have the prospects readily available to trade for Cabrera. Brandyberry believes the New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks and the Boston Red Sox could all be in play for Cabrera’s services.
Any team who is able to pry Cabrera away from the Indians would be receiving a capable bat that has a .279 career batting average.