Phillies Acquire Infielder Cabrera from Mets
The Phillies made their first major trade of the season ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. They did not get their primary target, shortstop Manny Machado. However they appear to have acquired another number 13 who plays shortstop from a team that wears orange.
Andy Martino of SNY reported that the Phillies and Mets agreed to a trade that would send the Phillies infielder Asdrubal Cabrera:
Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reported that the Phillies were sending right-handed pitching prospect Franklyn Kilome.
The Phillies are eager to add Cabrera's bat. A few days ago, the website The Good Phight compiled Cabrera's statistics against the current Phillies at the time. It is clear that Cabrera will help.
Cabrera has since hit his 18th home run.
Fans might remember the incident in which Phillies reliever Edubray Ramos threw at Cabrera, angry over a home run from the year before. It would be Cabrera who ended up having the last laugh on the matter. Cabrera hit a walk-off home run off of Ramos to give the Mets a victory.
The versatile Cabrera has played exclusively at second base in 2018, but his career has been overwhelmingly spent at shortstop, where the Phillies have a real need. Cabrera originally asked for a trade when he was first put at second base by the Mets, something he has warmed up to since. Cabrera also has 45 career appearances at third base. Cabrera will add some extra versatility as a switch-hitter, too.
Cabrera is 32 years old and will be a free agent at season's end.
Kilome was ranked the number 10 prospect in the Phillies system according to MLB Pipeline. Kilome was 4-6 with a 4.24 earned run average in 19 starts for the Double-A Reading Fightin' Phils in 2018. A member of the 40-man roster, Kilome's departure will make room for Cabera.