The Cincinnati Reds have picked up infielder Asdrúbal Cabrera off of waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Cincinnati had multiple spots open on their 40-man roster, so no one needed to be let go of in order to pick him up. As things stand currently the Reds have 38 players on their 40-man roster. He is out of options, though, so a move will need to be made to add him to the 26-man roster. That move has not yet been announced.
The 35-year-old infielder has spent this season playing first and third base for Arizona. In 2020 he did the same thing, but for Washington.
At the plate he’s hit .244/.324/.392 this season with 21 doubles, 7 home runs, 33 walks, and 73 strikeouts. His OPS+ is below-average at 93 (100 is league average). Those numbers don’t really tell the story, though. In June he posted a .492 OPS. In July it was just .638. So far in August it’s .692. Since the beginning of June he’s hit just .213/.274/.337.
The switch-hitter has struggled to do much against right-handed pitchers this year, hitting just .221/.309/.363 against them. He’s had more success against lefties, hitting .290/.356/.452 against them. Unlike his season as a whole, he’s found more success against lefties since June began. The sample size is smaller, but in 70 plate appearances against lefties he’s hit .313/.357/.516. He’s also hit just .152/.224/.229 against righties in that stretch. That tells us that even though he’s a switch hitter, he should not see a single at-bat against a right-handed pitcher this season if the game is even remotely close.
As for the contract situation for Cabrera – he’s a free agent after the season. He’s making $1.75M this year. As a waiver claim the Reds will be paying the remainder of that contract. That’s roughly $300,000 the rest of the way.