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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 23: Asdrubal Cabrera
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 23: Asdrubal Cabrera
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Two other teams are said to have possible interest in trading for Asdrubal Cabrera according to reports

According to reports, Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera is starting to pick up more interest on the market from Seattle and Cleveland, along with Boston. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com also mentions the Indians’ interest in the 31-year old Cabrera.

Let’s look at the two teams added to the mix. Seattle is set with Kyle Seager, Jean Segura, and Robinson Cano as their everyday starters. Cleveland has Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor locked in on the left side. However, regular second baseman, Jason Kipnis is currently on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, but is expected back by early August.

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Of the three, Boston has the biggest need for Cabrera should he prove in a short amount of time he can handle third defensively. That said, the offer may be slightly more attractive from the Red Sox also considering the Yankees just snatched Todd Frazier from under their nose.

Cleveland could be an intriguing late player to the mix. The Indians are fresh off a west coast trip that saw them go just 1-5 against Oakland and San Francisco. Meanwhile, Minnesota and Kansas City are both less than two games behind the division leaders entering the weekend.

The Indians also lost outfielder, Lonnie Chisenhall to a calf injury. Although both he and Kipnis are expected back at some point, the pressure to get a deal done would seem greater now. The schedule doesn’t get any easier either. Cleveland will face Boston, New York, and Kansas City twice each. The Indians also have series against Minnesota, Tampa Bay, and Colorado.

Cabrera’s move to second was much needed for a Mets infield that was struggling to make plays. In 19 games at second base, Cabrera has not committed an error. It’s a reflection of Cabrera’s career: his best defensive WAR in a season was in 2008. That was the same year Cabrera logged most of his games (94) at second.

It’s a mystery how Cabrera will handle third. He has played there only once and that was in his first season in the Majors, 10 years ago.

Next: Three dark horse trade partners as deadline approaches

Cabrera is due around $4 million for the rest of this season with a club option for next year at $8.5 million. He has hit .250 with nine homers and 29 RBI through 70 games (62 starts).

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