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|Posted: Tue Dec 30th, 2014 08:59 pm||
|After spending most of their offseason dealing away veterans, theTampa Bay Rays made a move Tuesday to acquire one.
The Rays reportedly agreed to a deal with middle infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, pending a physical, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Cabrera, who spent his first eight seasons with the Cleveland Indians before a deadline trade last season shipped him to the Washington Nationals, has produced consecutive sub-par offensive seasons after earning a pair of All-Star appearances in 2011 and 2012.
The Indians deployed Cabrera primarily as a shortstop over the past five seasons but the 29-year-old did see 48 games at second once acquired by the Nationals.
Cabrera is expected to take over as the Rays starting second baseman but Rosenthal notes the deal could proceed another in Tampa. Ben Zobrist has been heavily rumored to being dealt prior to Opening Day and the acquisition of Cabrera makes either him or shortstop Yunel Escobar more expendable.
The Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals were all rumored to be interested in Cabrera.