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Two-time All-Star SS Asdrubal Cabrera is all any team can ask for in the first half of the season.
However, a player of Cabrera's caliber needs to carry his first-half production into the second half this year.
There are two main reasons for Cabrera's second-half declines the past two seasons.
First, the Indians have never had a reliable backup to replace Cabrera, both offensively and defensively. This caused Cabrera to wear down physically and mentally because he had to be in the lineup for the Indians to have any chance of winning.
This season, the addition of super-sub Mike Aviles will allow the Indians to rest Cabrera at least one time a week.
Secondly, he hasn't stayed in top shape the whole year. He seemed to gradually gain noticeable weight after each All-Star break.
Cabrera is still in the prime of his career, though, and he reportedly came to spring training in excellent shape.
The addition of veteran leaders like Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn should help Cabrera grow as a leader by example.