Ruben Amaro waves the white flag: Michael Young, others available

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It was probably a blessing in disguise that the Tigers so thoroughly embarrassed the Phillies this weekend. Because it seems to have beaten all of the delusion out of Ruben Amaro regarding the Phillies shot at contention:

Michael Young seems like a no-brainer. His versatility, such that it is, is useful to people and it’s not like sending him away removes some essential cog from an epic core. The bigger question is whether Cliff Lee is on the block.  I feel like he should be. But I also feel like Amaro has enough ninja instincts left to shop him quietly if he’s going to shop him at all.

Asdrubal Cabrera signs with the Texas Rangers

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Texas Rangers have signed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal, pending a physical. He’ll be paid $3.5 million, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. Rosenthal reports that Cabrera will primarily play third base, replacing Adrian Beltre, who has retired.

It’s a fairly low price given that Cabrera hit 23 homers and posted a line of .262/.316/.458 (112 OPS+) between the Mets and Phillies last season but, as is the case with so many other veteran free agents, there did not appear to be much of a market developing for his services. He’ll at least get a lot of playing time in Texas, it would seem.