The deal: Triple-A outfielder Thomas Neal to the Indians for shortstop Orlando Cabrera
Oralndo Cabrera is 36 years old, and his offense is an obvious upgrade at shortstop. Cabrera is hitting .244 with four HR and 38 RBI.
Cabrera has made it to the playoffs every season since 2007. Coincidently, each one of those seasons were with a different team.
Cabrera has a track record of being a solid defensive player, but he is 36 and has lost some range. He comes with a cheap price tag, which helps the trade.
Thomas Neal has seen a major drop in his power numbers this season in Fresno, making him expendable.
The offense of Cabrera is what really is holding the Cabrera trade above water. His defense is a little suspect, but the Giants are more concerned with scoring runs.