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Phillies Acquire Asdrubal Cabrera

Send RHP Franklyn Kilome to the Mets

Washington Nationals v New York Mets Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

The Phillies have acquired New York Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera in exchange for minor league right-hander Franklyn Kilome, as first reported by SNY’s Andy Martino.

Cabrera, 32, is a switch-hitter who adds some offensive punch to a resurgent Phillies infield. He enters Friday hitting .277/.329/.488 with 18 home runs, 23 doubles, and a career-best 124 OPS+. He’d spent the past two-and-a-half seasons with the Mets, where he tortured the Phillies year after year with extra-base hits and a particularly staggering walk-off home run in 2016 that Edubray Ramos probably probably still feels the sting of, somehow.

Cabrera played each of his 90 games this season defensively at second base, plus a start at DH during interleague. He figures to play all over the infield - he has more than 1,000 starts at shortstop and 300 at second base in his MLB career, plus 40 starts at third base, should the need arise - giving guys a spell here and there, or potentially see the lion’s share of time at short, given the team’s offensive struggles there. In case you were wondering: He’s had zero innings in the outfield. He’s due somewhere around $3 million the rest of the season, and will be a free agent at season’s end.

Kilome, 23, has had a down year as a starter for Double-A Reading. He typically sits in the low-to-mid-90s with his fastball and features a curve and changeup. He entered the season as a fringe global top-100 prospect candidate for his size and projectability, though the results haven’t quite caught up to the scouting. He was on the Phillies’ 40-man roster, and stood a chance at seeing time as a September call-up.

The move should, hopefully, placate fans who were both eager to see a move and hopeful the Phillies wouldn’t overpay. Kilome has some promise, but has some feeling his future is more in relief. The Phillies are already well-stocked in the right-handed relief department, with Seranthony Dominguez, Victor Arano, and Ramos leading the charge. Cabrera is a player who, though he complicates the playing time situation a bit, immediately strengthens the Phillies’ bench, whether he’s the one on it or one of the current regulars moves there for a game at a time. Shortstop J.P. Crawford is also expected back within a couple of weeks.

Expect Cabrera to report in time for the end of this weekend’s series in Cincinnati.