Report: Tribe considered sending Cabrera to Phillies

Prior to the Winter Meeting talks between the Cleveland Indians and the Arizona Diamondbacks, general manager Chris Antonetti was in talks with the Philadelphia Phillies over a deal that would have sent All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to the City of Brotherly Love.

Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reports that in return, the Phillies would have sent pitcher Vance Worely and several prospects. After an 11-3 season in 2011 where the then 24-year-old Worley amassed an ERA of 3.01, he made 23 starts in 2012, going 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA. His season ended with right elbow surgery in September. Worley would allegedly be ready for spring training, but the Indians asked the Phillies to sweeten the offer. They refused.

Thus, Worley was traded to AL Central rival Minnesota for outfielder Ben Revere. To fill their hole at third base, where they would have wanted Cabrera to play, the Phillies acquired Michael Young from the Texas Rangers.

Starting pitching remains as a priority and the Indians are reportedly still in talks with the Arizona Diamondbacks with hopes of acquiring some combination of Trevor Bauer, Tyler Skaggs and other prospects. 

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  • Natedawg86

    Looks like he will be gone no matter what before season. Hope we get something good for him. Interestingly enough, have not heard as much about Choo lately.

  • architrance

    That sounds like an Antonetti deal – trade a decent enough everyday player at a scarce position for a mediocre (and injured) starting pitcher. Glad that didn’t go down.

  • mgbode

    the injury is the concerning thing. Worley is a good guy. SP3 with SP2 upside controlled through 2017 (and we got other prospects too). Not sure how much more we can get for Asdrubal.

    however, with the elbow injury and his SO/9 drop from 8 to 7 is disconcerting. I’d be worried that he cannot handle a full load of IP moving forward as he’s never hit 200IP and was a 6-7IP guy last year before his elbow started bothering him.

    if he’s the healthy version, then he’s going to be good. just look at the games until July 14th. if not, then he’s not worth it (after that date). considering what Asdrubal is, I think it’s a good thing we passed.


  • mgbode

    Hamilton, Bourn, Swisher still FAs. Justin Upton ahead of him in the trade market. the OFers need to iron out before you’ll hear about us pecking around.

  • saggy

    give me 2 of the top-10 prospect arms in the league and I’ll be happy. Not sure the DBacks would agree to that, though.

  • Natedawg86

    Funny as soon as I said this…haha