3. Asdrubal Cabrera
Wow, another switch-hitting Philadelphia Phillies infielder that makes the cut! That is some kind of trend.
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Cabrera is not included in this simply because of his similarity to Cesar Hernandez and definitely not because I can hit over .500 with him on MLB The Show 18 (true story). Instead, Cabrera presents the Dodgers the team’s best option if the front office does indeed to go the free agent route.
Cabrera is naturally going to get a smaller contract than LeMahieu because of the name factor alone and would likely be willing to sign a short two or three year deal with the Dodgers. This is important to note because of prospect Gavin Lux, who looks to be the organization’s long-term plan at second base.
Gennett is on an expiring contract and Hernandez is set to expire the year after. A timetable of two years is perfect, an extra third year wouldn’t be bad as the team will likely be without Justin Turner.
Cabrera is someone that can play anywhere in the infield and fits in perfectly with the Dodgers’ desire to field the most versatile team in baseball.
He is also a better career hitter against right-handed pitching, which is a nice juxtaposition to Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez, who are better against southpaws.
2018 was not as good of a year for Cabrera but he still has shown that he is capable of producing at a high level. Cabrera is a near-lock to hit at least 15 home runs, and on this stacked Dodgers offense, could return to the .280 batting average that he had in 2016 and 2017.
In fact, since 2016, Asdrubal Cabrera has the sixth-highest fWAR for shortstops (that is his natural position) and the 64th-best offensive WAR overall. While those are not elite numbers, it certainly is impressive considering that Cabrera will not break the bank.