Originally written on Indians Baseball Insider  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Going all the way back to the first week of December last year I wrote an article comparing Asdrubal Cabrera to Carlos Baerga. With Cabrera's struggles this season now seemed like the perfect time to revisit that Cabrera/Baerga piece. For those who missed the article - which is linked in the sentence above - the basic idea was that both players were very good bats in the middle infield whose defense and conditioning were both subpar.  At their peak they were both arguably the top offensive player at their position. My argument was the lack of conditioning over the years caused a premature end to the career of Carlos Baerga, who fell apart at the age of 27. At the time I was looking at a possible trade to the Diamondbacks or the Cardinals for Asdrubal Cabrera since he had been a hot trade rumor guy. I looked at the data, compared their careers and saw a reason to be concerned. I argued that the Indians needed to trade Asdrubal now because it really struck me that he could be in for a...
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