Phils could have had Asdrubal Cabrera
Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN
The Phillies talked about making a trade for Asdrubal Cabrera, writes Paul Hoynes.
Cleveland Indians still looking for the right deal for Asdrubal Cabrera Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 2:09 AM
By Paul Hoynes, The Plain Dealer
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Things move fast in the off-season. Just ask the Indians and Phillies.
Before the start of the winter meetings last week in Nashville, the two teams were talking about a trade that would have sent shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to Philadelphia for right-hander Vance Worley and prospects.
The Phillies were looking to improve their aging offense, but they didn't want Cabrera to replace shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who is signed through 2014. They wanted the switch-hitting Cabrera to play third base.
Philadelphia offered Worley and two prospects. Worley made 23 starts last season, going 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA, before having right elbow surgery in September. He was 11-3 with a 3.01 in 2011 and reportedly will be ready for spring training. The Indians asked the Phillies to sweeten the deal, but they said no.
Last week at the winter meetings, the Phillies sent Worley and minor-league right-hander Trevor May to Minnesota for center fielder Ben Revere. He'll will fill a hole in center that was created when the Phillies traded Shane Victorino to the Dodgers last season. Over the weekend, the Phillies filled the hole at third by acquiring Michael Young from the Rangers for right-hander Josh Lindblom and minor-league right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla. Lindblom made 74 appearances and registered 22 holds for the Dodgers and Phillies last season.
The Phillies, reportedly, will pay $6 million of Young's $16 million contract.
Interesting read, looks like things would have been way different for us this offseason if the Indians bit on our original offer based around Worley. Wonder what else they wanted from us.
Personally I think we made a mistake here, Cabrera could have played 3rd base until the end of Rollins' contract and then became our shortstop. A two time allstar shortstop at the age of 27 isn't exactly easy to come by, what we did with Young/Revere is fine for the short term but definitely no comparison to Cabrera in the long term. By the time Rollins leaves Asche will definitely be ready to come up, would have worked out perfectly.