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Mark Reynolds And Asdrubal Cabrera: What To Make Of The Club In Cleveland

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Wednesday May 15th, 2013

 was Arbitration Eligible in 2013 and could have been offered it by the Orioles, instead they let him walk, He was great insurance for First and Third Base and they should have kept him for one more year." src= width="604" height="408" /> Mark Reynolds was Arbitration Eligible in 2013 and could have been offered it by the Orioles, instead they let him walk, He was great insurance for First and Third Base and they should have kept him for one more year.  He likely would have made in the 1 YR/$11 MIL Range.  Instead the club opted to try Nolan Reimold and a cast of others for the positions available.  The Orioles DH slot is hitting well under the Mendoza Line at the time of this article.

was Arbitration Eligible in 2013 and could have been offered it by the Orioles, instead they let him walk, He was great insurance for First and Third Base and they should have kept him for one more year.”  Mark Reynolds was Arbitration Eligible in 2013 and could have been offered it by the Orioles, instead they let him walk, He was great insurance for First and Third Base and they should have kept him for one more year. He likely would have made in the 1 YR/$11 MIL Range. Instead the club opted to try Nolan Reimold and a cast of others for the positions available. The Orioles DH slot is hitting well under the Mendoza Line at the time of this article.

Bernie Olshansky (Baseball Writer):

The Cleveland Indians are off to a hot start, sitting just one game back of the Detroit Tigers atop the AL Central. In their last 10 (through Tuesday) they are 7 – 3. Most of this is due to Mark Reynolds.

So far this year, he is hitting .272 with 11 HRs and 32 RBI. This puts him on pace to hit 50 HRs and drive in  close to 15o Runs. Of course, there is no way that he drives in 151 runs, but I think it is possible that he could hit 40+ HRs.

He would have to stay hot the entire season and not get injured, so I would say there is about a three percent chance that he does so. His career highs in HRs and RBI came in 2009 when he hit 44 and drove in 102.

With the Indians lineup the way it is with Jason Kipnis (whom I will talk about later), Asdrubal Cabrera and Nick Swisher hitting in front of him, it seems like Reynolds will have plenty of RBI chances.

Reynolds is also on pace to strike out about 176 times, which is a little bit lower than his career average. Needless to say, if he keeps up his current performance throughout the entire season, he will be the MVP (although I would not count Miguel Cabrera out just yet with the season he is having thus far).

As I said earlier, it looks like Jason Kipnis will be providing Reynolds with some RBI opportunities. Kipnis started this season off very slowly, hitting below the Mendoza line with no HRs and just a few RBI. He then sat out a few games with an elbow injury. He came back a different player, raising his average and hitting four HR. He now sits at .223 with 4 HR and 14 RBI, to go with 6 SB—a nice addition to Kipnis’ game. If Kipnis keeps stealing bases, Asdrubal Cabrera or Nick Swisher might take some of the RBI away from Mark Reynolds.

As I said earlier, it looks like Jason Kipnis will be providing Reynolds with some RBI opportunities. Kipnis started this season off very slowly, hitting below the Mendoza line with no HRs and just a few RBI. He then sat out a few games with an elbow injury. He came back a different player, raising his average and hitting four HR. He now sits at .220 with 5 HRs and 17 RBI, to go with 7 SB—a nice addition to Kipnis’ game. If Kipnis keeps stealing bases, Asdrubal Cabrera or Nick Swisher might take some of the RBI away from Mark Reynolds.

Currently, Asdrubal Cabrera is slotted in the three-hole of the lineup. At the beginning of the season he was hitting two while Kipnis was hitting three, but the early season struggles of the two middle infielders constituted a swap in the lineup.

Like Kipnis, Cabrera struggled mightily at the beginning of the season and has just recently started to recover his average, now hitting .231 after a raising his average with a decent last month. The way he is playing now makes him look like a good trade candidate should the Indians start slipping.

If the Indians continue playing the way that they are, there is no reason to trade their shortstop. But if they do fall in the standings, I could see Cabrera going to a number of different teams.

One team that immediately comes to mind is the Dodgers. Hanley Ramirez is currently out with a hamstring injury and will be back in four to six weeks, and when he comes back he will play short.

The Dodgers’ Third Base options are not the best, so down the stretch I could see Hanley moving to third and the Dodgers bringing in Cabrera.

The Dodgers have Dee Gordon to play short, but he offers very little power and a low average. He has a lot of speed, which is useless unless he can get on base.

Another team that I could see with a strong need for a shortstop is the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners are currently playing with a platoon of Robert Andino and Brendan Ryan at short. Sure, the Mariners are getting great defense from the two, but what the team really needs is run support for the pitchers.

Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez are enough to get the Mariners into contention, but for the two pitchers to be successful, they will need a little more offensively than Brendan Ryan and Robert Andino. Cabrera’s contract is up in 2014, so whichever team gets him will have him for another full season.

The season looks bright for the Cleveland Indians with the lineup producing and the pitching doing well. If all goes to plan, we could see two teams from the AL Central playing in October.

Asdrubal Cabrera could fetch the Indians a nice lot of youngsters near the Trade Deadline.  The Indians will not let the man walk in 2015 without receiving compensation for him.  Cabrera also makes $6.5 MIL this year - and $10 MIL next year.  He has not had a banner 2013 campaign, hitting for a 3 Slash Line of .231/.295/.712, 4 HRs and 17 RBI, although he is .287/.340/.809 in the last 28 Days.  These are numbers more reflective of what he is done in the last 4 years.

Asdrubal Cabrera could fetch the Indians a nice lot of youngsters near the Trade Deadline. The Indians will not let the man walk in 2015 without receiving compensation for him. Cabrera also makes $6.5 MIL this year – and $10 MIL next year. He has not had a banner 2013 campaign, hitting for a 3 Slash Line of .231/.295/.712, 4 HRs and 17 RBI, although he is .287/.340/.809 in the last 28 Days. These are numbers more reflective of what he is done in the last 4 years.

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About bernieolshansky

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve experienced some exciting times with the local baseball teams—the Giants winning the World Series being the most memorable highlight. Some of my favorite players include Felix Hernandez, Tim Lincecum, and Cliff Lee among others. I played baseball up through my freshman year of high school and transitioned into being a full time fan. I regularly attend major and minor league games when I have free time. I enjoy working at a baseball store. I’m in my senior year of high school and hope to major in Journalism or Sports Administration in college. Follow Bernie on Twitter (@BernieOlshansky).

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