The Rays have agreed to a deal with infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, as first reported by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Cabrera is expected to receive a one-year deal in the $8 million range.
Cabrera, 29, was also linked to the Blue Jays, Royals, Yankees, Giants and Dodgers over the winter, but will join a crowded Rays' infield in Tampa. The team is expected to look at trading either Yunel Escobar or Ben Zobrist due to the logjam created by the addition of Cabrera, with Nick Franklin and Logan Forsythe also in the middle infield mix.
Cabrera split his season between the Indians and Nationals last season, hitting a combined .241/.307/.387 with fourteen home runs and 61 RBI in 146 games. He is a lifetime .268/.330/.409 hitter with 87 home runs and 451 RBI in eight major-league seasons with the Indians (2007-2014) and Nationals (2014), and was named to the AL All-Star team in back-to-back seasons in 2011 and 2012.