For the Cleveland Indians, an oft-maligned franchise that has traded away stars like CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee and received minimal talent in return, there will always be a mandate to keep costs down while trying to build a playoff-caliber team.
Everything came together in 2013, as the Indians won 92 games and made the postseason for the first time since 2007. Reality has set in this offseason with Scott Kazmir and Joe Smith signing elsewhere, and Ubaldo Jimenez likely to take his talents somewhere else.
This will make it difficult for Cleveland to repeat its 2013 success again, forcing a decision on shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
The former All-Star is likely playing his final season with the Indians, one way or another. He's making $10 million in the last year of a three-year contract and star shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor will be ready to take over at some point in 2014.
If the Indians struggle out of the gate, the trade winds will start swirling around Cabrera once again. The team was reportedly listening to offers for him at the winter meetings in December.
He's still very much in the prime of his career at 28 years old and has at least 51 extra-base hits in each of the last three seasons.
Cabrera will have to re-establish his value this season after a disappointing .242/.299/.402 line in an injury-plagued 2013. Given his ability to hit for power and play a premium position, even at a below-average level, he could turn into one of the most attractive July trade chips out there.
If the Indians do put Cabrera on the trade block this season, these are the teams and packages they could look to receive in return for the two-time All-Star.