A ton of moves between division rivals have already been made around the MLB world over the past several days. That now includes the New York Mets reportedly sending veteran infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league pitcher Franklyn Kilomé.
#Phillies acquiring Asdrubal Cabrera from #Mets for Double A RHP Franklyn Kilomé, sources tell The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 27, 2018
Having played second base on a pretty much full-time basis this season, the 32-year-old Cabrera gives Philadelphia a much needed veteran presence. Current starting second baseman César Hernández is hitting .266 with eight homers and 34 RBI on the season.
Cabrera will also be able to play some third base, potentially taking over for the struggling Maikel Franco at the hot corner.
A 12-year MLB veteran, Cabrera is hitting .277 with 18 homers and 58 RBI on the season. He’ll now look to lead the first-place Phillies to a surprising NL East title down the stretch.
In return, New York nets a pitcher in Kilomé who Major League Baseball ranked as Philadelphia’s 10th-best prospect heading into the season.