The St. Louis Cardinals are one of several teams interested in the services of infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, according to Jon Heyman.
The Redbirds have been tied to Cabrera before. There were rumors that the team would trade with the Cleveland Indians for Cabrera before St. Louis acquired Jhonny Peralta to be its shortstop prior to last season.
But, with Peralta on board, Matt Carpenter set at third base and Kolten Wong established at second base, I am more than a little surprised to hear the Cardinals linked to Cabrera now. Frankly, I don't think the 29-year-old infielder views himself as a utility player at this point of his career.
He's average 144 games played and 615 plate appearances over the last 14 seasons. And, especially with Mark Reynolds recently signed, I don't see any way Cabrera would get half the at-bats he's used to... barring a major injury.
Cabrera hits lefties a little bit better than righties, .250 as opposed to .236 against southpaws. So the Cardinals might view him as a good candidate for a platoon role. But I just can't see Cabrera settling for that sort of situation in the prime of his career.
He views himself as a starting shortstop. But Cabrera reportedly would move to third base for a long-term contract. Either way, it sounds like he wants a big contract. Spending starter money for a utility infielder doesn't make much sense for St. Louis.