No one in Reds Country should have faulted the Cincinnati front office at the time. In fact, when the Cincinnati Reds acquired Asdrúbal Cabrera from the Arizona Diamondbacks at the end of August, most fans praised the move.
However, having gone hitless in 13 at-bats, and acting as little more than a switch-hitting bat off the bench, it’s time for the Redlegs to move on from Cabrera. With Kyle Farmer returning from the paternity list this week, Cabrera should be given his walking papers.
At the time, it was a very savvy move by Nick Krall and the Cincinnati front office. After all, it’s the type of move that playoff-contending teams make for the September stretch. But, the results just aren’t there.
It’s time for the Reds to move on from Asdrúbal Cabrera.
At this point in the season, Asdrúbal Cabrera is taking up a valuable roster spot. When Kyle Farmer returns to the active roster this week, under no circumstances should Max Schrock or Jose Barrero be optioned back to Triple-A Louisville. The decision is simple; release Cabrera.
Cabrera is 0-for-13 with a walk and an RBI during 10 games with the Cincinnati Reds this season. With Barrero back in the big leagues, if need be, Farmer can fill that role of versatile infielder, capable of playing first and third base.
Furthermore, at this stage of the game, unless injury occurs, Joey Votto and Mike Moustakas/ Eugenio Suárez need to be in the lineup every single day. Cincinnati has more than enough off days over the next couple of weeks for their roster to stay rested. The Reds will have had three days off over a 19-day span before closing out the season on the road.
Max Schrock, who’s primarily been playing left field of late, has been one of the best hitters in the Reds’ lineup. Jose Barrero, one of Cincinnati’s top young prospects, offers David Bell a lot of power from the right side, even if the 23-year-old plays mainly a utility role once Farmer returns.
The club hopes to have Jesse Winker back very soon as well. When the All-Star returns, the Cincinnati Reds will be forced to make another roster move. The writing’s on the wall, and it’s time for Asdrúbal Cabrera’s time in the Queen City to come to an end.