Report: The Phillies could be a suitor for Asdrubal Cabrera

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After trading Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers, the Phillies now have a vacancy at shortstop. Unless you consider Freddy Galvis an option, that is. With that in mind, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick hears from a source that the Phillies could jump in on free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.

It’s an odd fit at first blush, but Cabrera is coming off a down season where he batted .241/.307/.387 with 14 home runs and 61 RBI over 146 games between the Indians and Nationals. He was similarly underwhelming in 2013, posting a .700 OPS. Assuming Cabrera can’t find a multi-year deal to his liking, he could opt for a one-year deal in hopes of reestablishing his value and testing the market again next winter. There’s upside here for a rebuilding team like the Phillies, who could flip him for prospects if he bounces back. If not, it’s only a one-year deal.

Crasnick writes that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. would likely have to move payroll to sign Cabrera, but Corrine Landrey of Crashburn Alley notes that the team has saved money with A.J. Burnett turning down his 2015 option and the Jimmy Rollins and Antonio Bastardo trades. They could already have enough payroll flexibility.

While Cabrera has primarily played shortstop during his career, he mostly played second base after being traded to Washington this season. His defense has slipped in recent years, so his appeal as a regular shortstop has waned. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman wrote earlier this week that the Athletics, Mets, Cardinals, Twins, and Giants are among the teams with interest in the 29-year-old. However, we can likely take the Giants off that list following their acquisition of Casey McGehee from the Marlins.

Report: Angels and Anthony Rendon agree on seven-year, $245 million contract

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Another big free agent domino has fallen at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Third baseman Anthony Rendon is signing with the Angels on seven-year, $245 million contract, per Jon Heyman.

Rendon, 29, was the top free agent position player. He’s coming off of a season in which he helped the Nationals win their first championship, batting .319/.412/.598 with a league-high 126 RBI and an NL-best 44 doubles along with 34 home runs and 117 runs scored in 646 plate appearances. Rendon also continued to play solid defense at third base. During the postseason, Rendon hit .328/.412/.590 with seven doubles, three homers, 15 RBI, and 11 runs scored in 75 trips to the plate.

The Angels badly needed to make a big free agent splash this offseason, and third base was as good a place as any to do it. Rendon will now slot easily into the middle of the Angels’ lineup along with Mike Trout. It remains to be seen if the Angels are done making moves, but they could use a corner outfielder and another starting pitcher.

Humorously, Rendon has said he’d like to retire by age 35, as Jesse Daugherty of the Washington Post alluded to on the Nationals Talk Podcast. This contract will take him through his age-36 season.