Asdrubal Cabrera’s one-year deal for $3.5 million, plus incentives, became official Thursday morning, as first announced on the Rangers’ Twitter account. General manager Jon Daniels declined to confirm the initial tweet on the deal, from Ken Rosenthal, on Tuesday when in a group session with local beat writers.
Sources, though, later confirmed that Cabrera, a 12-year veteran, was coming to Arlington to solidify a spot that until then was to be manned by rookie Patrick Wisdom. The Rangers designated infielder Jack Reinheimer for assignment to create a spot on the 40-man roster for Cabrera.
Cabrera will, indeed, open as the replacement for Beltre and Profar, but his versatility will also have him playing shortstop and second base on occasion.
“That’s certainly the opportunity here, and that’s what we discussed with Asdrubal and we’ll go into camp that way,” Daniels said. “Things can change down the line, but we expect that he will come in and he will have the opportunity to be our regular third baseman.”
Cabrera, 33, is a switch-hitter who played mostly second base last season but played shifted to shortstop and third after being traded by the New York Mets to the Philadelphia Phillies.
He finished with 23 home runs and 75 RBIs while batting .262 in 147 games.
The Cabrera addition doesn’t close the door on Wisdom’s roster chances. He can play first base in addition to third, and Daniels said that the rookie might be able to play elsewhere. His right-handed bat also helps his case.
“We like what we’ve seen from Patrick Wisdom quite a bit,” Daniels said. “His ability to play third, to play first and potentially other spots is attractive as well. There’s still an opportunity for Patrick to make the club as well.”