The Indians might be close to sending shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to the Diamondbacks in exchange for young right-hander Trevor Bauer, reports MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince. Castrovince also notes that the two teams have been discussing such a deal for the last few weeks. One exec tells CBSSports.com Insider Danny Knobler that while the discussed trade has "some legs," it's still a "longshot."
Cabrera, whose name has been central to many rumors over the last few days, is coming off a season in which he hit .270/.338/.423 with 16 homers and 35 doubles. The 27-year-old has produced at a high level -- especially by shortstop standards -- in three of the last four seasons, so it's easy to see why he's coveted.
As for Bauer, the UCLA product and third overall pick of the 2011 draft is regarded as the top prospect in the D-Backs' system and one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball. However, the 21-year-old right-hander has, according to multiple reports, fallen out of favor with the organization, so perhaps a fresh start is in order. While Bauer struggled across four major-league starts last season, he has struck out 200 batters in 156 minor-league innings while posting a 3.00 ERA.