The Cincinnati Reds decided to give their lineup a boost ahead of the playoffs by claiming veteran infielder Asdrubal Cabrera off of waivers on Friday, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman. The 35-year-old veteran was not in the Arizona Diamondbacks' rebuilding plans, which ultimately led to the club waiving him.
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The move is certainly a win for all sides involved. The Diamondbacks get to free up a roster spot for a younger player while Cabrera will add depth to a Reds team that's looking to go on a World Series run in 2021. Cincinnati is currently in possession of the final National League Wild Card spot, sitting 2.0 games ahead of the San Diego Padres.
While Cabrera isn't the player that he once was, the former two-time MLB All-Star is still a solid depth piece. He has 7 home runs and 40 RBI through 90 games this season while slashing .244/.324/.392. His ability as a switch-hitter adds an extra dimension to Cincinnati's bench, as well. Cabrera was also a member of the Washington Nationals team that won the 2019 World Series, so that sort of experience is invaluable to the Reds.
The Reds currently have +4000 odds to win the 2021 World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, trailing only the Milwaukee Brewers (+900) when it comes to NL Central clubs.
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