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Asdrubal Cabrera | Shortstop

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Asdrubal Cabrera has been dropped to the seventh spot in the Rays' batting order Monday.
Cabrera had been hitting third for the Rays, but he's in a bad slump so manager Kevin Cash will try something different. James Loney is batting third on Monday night. May 4 - 3:51 PM

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Asdrubal Cabrera is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

It appears to simply be a day of rest. Tim Beckham is handling shortstop in Cabrera's place.
May 3 - 10:41 AM

Asdrubal Cabrera is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Red Sox.

Cabrera is batting just .192 (10-for-52) thus far and will take a seat against left-hander Wade Miley. Tim Beckham will start at shortstop while Ryan Brett plays second base. Rene Rivera will serve as the designated hitter.
Apr 21 - 3:26 PM

Asdrubal Cabrera went 0-for-2 on Saturday to finish the spring with a .192 average.

The Rays are set to open the season with John Jaso, Steven Souza and Cabrera occupying the top three spots in the lineup, at least against right-handers. That trio hit a combined .171 in 152 at-bats this spring, with just 12 runs scored. Only Jaso, with his seven walks, did a decent job of getting on base. None figure to be quite so bad during the regular season, but the Rays look like they'll sport one of the AL's very worst offenses.
Apr 4 - 3:24 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays plan to name Asdrubal Cabrera as their starting shortstop.

There had been thought to moving Cabrera to second base to allow a better defensive shortstop such as Nick Franklin or Tim Beckham to roam at short, but the Rays opted to keep Cabrera at his natural position. It now appears that Franklin and Logan Forsythe could wind up in a time share at second base. Cabrera should be motivated to prove his worth on a one-year deal, and could be an undervalued commodity in fantasy leagues if he's hitting third in the Rays lineup.
Mar 22 - 11:24 PM

Asdrubal Cabrera hit third for his seventh straight start Friday, but he finished 0-for-3 against the Phillies and is 2-for-15 this spring.

New Rays manager and former Indians coach Eric Wedge is obviously comfortable with Cabrera, which could explain why the infielder has found himself locked into the third spot in the lineup so far. Really, though, he's hit a lot more like a No. 6 or No. 7 hitter these two years, coming in at .242/.299/.402 in 2013 and .241/.307/.387 in 2014. If Cabrera continues to bat third into the regular season, he might turn out to be useful as an MI in mixed leagues. He just probably won't be helping the Rays offense in the process.
Mar 13 - 4:01 PM

Rays signed INF Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year, $7.5 million contract.

The deal was reported last week and CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says it's now finalized. Cabrera currently doesn't have a place to play for the Rays, but the club is expected to free up second base by trading Ben Zobrist. The veteran infielder has seen his numbers consistently fall the last few years, this past season batting .241/.307/.387 with 14 homers over 616 plate appearances between the Indians and Nationals.
Jan 9 - 12:46 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Rays have signed free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweeted that the deal was of the one-year variety. Cabrera hit .241/.307/.387 over 616 plate appearances between the Indians and Nationals in 2014. He's seen his numbers drop every season since being named an All-Star in 2011, when he hit .273/.332/.460. Cabrera has some pop in his bat and while his numbers will probably never return to what they were several years ago, the 29-year-old is young enough that it's possible he has at least one bounceback season in the cards. The move might also be a precursor to the Rays trading Ben Zobrist, though that is just speculation at this point.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 11:38:00 AM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Yankees, Royals, Rays, and Blue Jays are keeping in touch with Asdrubal Cabrera.

And the Phillies, A's, Mets, and Twins have also been floated as possibilities at different points this winter. Cabrera batted just .241/.307/.387 in 616 plate appearances this past season between the Indians and Nationals, but the 29-year-old is a former All-Star and still has pretty good power for a middle infielder. He slugged 14 home runs in 2014.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 09:47:00 AM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Phillies could have interest in free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.

The Phillies have a large vacancy to fill at the shortstop after dealing Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers, and Cabrera is one of the top names available on the free agent market. According to Crasnick though, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. would first have to shed some payroll to create the requisite flexibility to add the veteran infielder.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 01:03:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman writes that the Giants, A's, Mets, Cardinals and Twins are among the teams interested in free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.

Cabrera's positional flexibility is attractive to a number of clubs. He's capable of playing second and third base in addition to his natural position at shortstop. Cabrera has experience at short and second, though less at third. Cabrera's numbers weren't spectacular last season, as he hit just .241/.307/.387 between the Indians and Nationals last season.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 03:15:00 PM

Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans said Thursday that Asdrubal Cabrera prefers to play second base.

San Francisco is interested in the 29-year-old free agent, but the only opening on the infield is at third base. Cabrera hasn't closed the door to moving over to the hot corner, but he has almost no experience there so this might not be a good fit. Cabrera batted .241/.307/.387 between the Indians and Nationals in 2014.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 03:27:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Giants are considering Asdrubal Cabrera for third base.

Cabrera has only made one appearance at third base in his eight-year major league career, and it was for 1 1/3 innings. The 29-year-old batted just .241/.307/.387 between the Indians and Nationals in 2014. He should come pretty cheap this winter.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 01:57:00 PM

James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals continue to check in on free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.

Cabrera struggled down the stretch with the Nats in 2014, hitting just .229/.312/.389, though his ability to handle both second base and shortstop make him a strong bench bat. The Athletics are one of several teams known to have interest in Cabrera.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 07:57:00 PM

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said Tuesday that he's been in touch with Asdrubal Cabrera and his agent.

Cabrera batted just .229/.312/.389 after the trade that sent him from Cleveland to Washington and just .241/.307/.387 overall in 2014, but the Nats have a hole at second base and there aren't many good options at the position on the open market this winter. The A's are also said to have interest in the 28-year-old Cabrera.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 05:27:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Nick Franklin
2Logan Forsythe
3Tim Beckham
4Ryan Brett
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Joey Butler
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Chris Archer
3Jake Odorizzi
4Drew Smyly
5Nate Karns
6Alex Colome
7Matt Moore
8Burch Smith
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Brad Boxberger
3Kevin Jepsen
4Ernesto Frieri
5Jeff Beliveau
6Steve Geltz
7C.J. Riefenhauser
8Brandon Gomes
9Xavier Cedeno
10Kirby Yates
11Erasmo Ramirez