The Washington Nationals are making a move to improve their infield depth at the major league level.
According to Jon Heyman on MLB Network, the Nats signed veteran infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year, major-league deal.
Asdrubal Cabrera goes to Nats— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 5, 2019
Cabrera, who will turn 39 years old in November, began his career with the Mariners in 2002. Four years later he was traded to the Indians, and eight years later to the Nationals. He spent 2015 with the Rays before signing with the Mets. In 2018, he was dealt to the Phillies, who let him hit free agency. That’s when he inked his one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Rangers.
In 93 games with Texas this season, Cabrera was batting .235/.318/.393 with 51 runs knocked in on 76 hits, including a dozen homers. He walked 38 times and struck out 85.
Texas designated him for assignment on Thursday, one day after the trade deadline, and released him Saturday.
The Nationals, who, unlike the Rangers, are in contention, take a chance on Cabrera with veteran infielder, Howie Kendrick, landing on the injured list with a left hamstring strain, the same injury he dealt with in March. The other infielder on the Nats’ injured list is veteran first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in his right foot on July 22.
Cabrera should provide value in a depth role with Washington over the next few months.