Asdrubal Cabrera became the second Cleveland Indian moved before the MLB trading deadline on Thursday afternoon. Cleveland shipped their veteran shortstop off to the Washington Nationals in return for shortstop Zach Walters.
Cabrera joins starting pitcher Justin Masterson in being shipped out of Cleveland prior to the deadline. Both Masterson and Cabrera have expiring contracts at the end of this season, which is the main reason both were dealt.
Cabrera has been a pillar of the Indians franchise since his debut in 2007. Cabrera picked up as an impact player immediately as he helped the Indians to reach the ALCS as a rookie. Cabrera has since morphed into one of the better shortstops in the game. He became a two-time All-Star with the Indians.
Cabrera has since declined after becoming an All-Star in 2011 and 2012. His batting average has been on a steady decline since then. Cabrera went from hitting .273 in 2011 to .246 where he currently stands after a half-season with the Indians.