MLB Trade Rumors: Indians and Diamondbacks Talking Cabrera, Trevor Bauer

Looking to add quality arms to a rotation in dire need of such, the Cleveland Indians are reportedly in talks with the Arizona Diamondbacks, discussing a deal that could ultimately net them Trevor Bauer, a highly touted right-handed prospect. The price: All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.

MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince reports that the two teams have been in talks about the potential deal for asmuch as two weeks, and it appears those talks have escalated at the Winter Meetings.

The 27-year-old Cabrera, hit .270 with a .762 OPS, 16 homers and 68 RBIs in 143 games last season. His OPS ranked third among all Major League shortstops. ESPN.com adds that that the Diamondbacks-Indians talks could involve as many as two other teams, and FoxSports.com has reported that the Indians are interested in Arizona left-hander Tyler Skaggs.

Bauer, 21, was the third-overall selection in the 2011 Draft. In 2012, he went 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA in four starts at the big league level, but went a combined 12-2 with a 2.42 ERA and 11.2 strikeouts-per-nine innings ratio in 22 starts between Triple-A Reno and Double-A Mobile. He was the ninth-best prospect in all of baseball heading into 2012 with Baseball America stating that “the unique ones are the hardest to project, and no one’s as unique as Bauer.” Organizationally, Bauer and Skaggs ranked first and third, respectively.

[Related: Tribe At The Winter Meetings: Will They Add, Or Blow It Up?]

  • matt underwood

    Would LOVE to land Bauer for ACab.

  • mgbode

    Az, Cle, and 2 other teams? wonder who else is involved besides Bauer and A-Cab.

  • mgbode


    weren’t there rumors we were discussing Choo to the Mets? I would LOVE to get Dickey. send them Choo. both teams would have to be able to talk to the agents to see if they can get extensions done (Dickey reportedly looking for a 3yr / $36 mil deal which is similar to what we just offered Victorino).

    Choo+Perez for Dickey+Ike Davis??


    mlbtraderumors.com has a report that it could involve as many as 7 teams. Rangers being the big piece, because they want Justin Upton and/or James Shields. But in order to do so they’d have to give up their top prospects, which they have some really good ones (Mike Olt in particular).

    Dbacks want Asdrubal
    Rangers want Upton/Shields
    Indians want prospects
    Not sure if Rays are looking for prospects or MLB ready talent.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Of course the Indians would need 5 other teams in order to make a trade, sheesh, hope this isn’t true.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Just what Santana needed to try and catch the likes of Dickey. Something like this deal doesn’t strike me as being in the Indians wheelhouse anyways.

  • mgbode

    Santana can play 1B on his days to pitch 🙂

  • Hose

    I hate trading proven major league talent for “can’t miss” prospects. See Laporta, Matt and Marte, Andy. This is especially worrisome given the level of expertise the talent evaluators possess at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.

  • Steve

    Honestly, this point sums up most of your commenting on the Indians. Bash them at every turn for every minor thing. Why even post? Who cares that it would be a whole bunch of teams? Only you.

  • saggy

    the more teams involved, the less likelihood of anything getting done. the Tribe front-office is a clown posse.

    I’ll take Bauer for Cabrera.

  • Steve

    Agree with the first and third sentences.

    Fail to see what the point of the second sentence is or how it adds anything useful to the discussion at all.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    True actually I’d prefer he play 1B full time, well almost, if they had a decent alternative at catcher.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Oh Steve Shapanotti settle down don’t get your Wahoo cape in a bunch!

  • Steve

    How clever, and typically non-responsive. Honestly, if you’re here just to troll every move the Indians make, whats the point?

  • ThatAlex

    I want Bauer. Badly. I have no problems doing that trade.

  • woofersus

    Ok, I’ll bite. Why is nobody as unique as Bauer?

  • ThatAlex

    Because he has a million different pitches. And he has an unconventional warmup routine.