Eric P. Mull-US PRESSWIRE
The shelves stocked with available pitching are starting to look pretty bare.
The Cleveland Indians are still shopping shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, but are running out of options as potential trade partners continue to strike deals elsewhere, reports Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer:
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 Indians asked the Phillies to sweeten the deal, but they said no...
Now that the Winter Meetings have ended, a deal for Worley is completely off the table, as the Phillies decided to ship the right-hander and prospect Trevor May a little further northwest to Minnesota in exchange for center fielder Ben Revere instead.
The club was also in the works on several iterations of a blockbuster three- or four-team deal that involved Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton, Rays right-hander James Shields, and some prospects from the Texas Rangers, but now that Shields is a member of the Royals, that deal is off the table as well.
It is still possible for the Indians to work out a simple, two-team deal – a Cabrera and prospects for Trevor Bauer and Tyler Skaggs swap with the D'Backs is still a possibility, according to Hoynes – but their options are seemingly dwindling by the day. If the Indians want to bolster their pitching depth for 2013, they're going to have to ask fast, before anyone else is whisked away.