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Indians rumors: Asdrubal Cabrera will cost 3-4 players

Cleveland is asking for a lot in return for their All-Star shortstop.

Eric P. Mull-US PRESSWIRE

The Cleveland Indians are continuing to shop shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, and are asking for up to four players in return for the two-time All-Star, reports Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer:

If the Indians are going to trade shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, they're going to try and get everything they can for him.

The going price on the Indians' two-time All-Star is three to four players, preferably four. The Indians had the framework of a deal in place in which they would have received one big-league pitcher and two high-level prospects.

When the Indians asked for a third prospect, the deal dissolved.

The team with which discussions fell through -- who remains anonymous -- sought to move Cabrera to third base if they were able to reach a deal. Though the mystery team wanted the 27-year-old at third, he still remains the top name available on the trade and free-agent market at shortstop.

The switch-hitting slugger has a limited no-trade clause that includes the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers, Giants, Nationals and Mets, but the clause could be negotiated away. Cabrera, who has hit .272/.335/.443 with 41 home runs over the past two seasons, is signed with the Tribe through the next two at $16.5 million.

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