In a season in which Philadelphia might be a little bit ahead of schedule in their re-build, by being in first place in the NL East, they have went out and gotten two-time all-star Asdrúbal Cabrera from the Mets in exchange for right-handed pitcher Franklyn Kilomé.
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) July 27, 2018
With César Hernández manning second base and Maikel Franco manning third base, it’s likely Cabrera will take over the majority of the duties at shortstop, with Scott Kingery having some good moments this season, but overall being pretty inconsistent.
At the age of 32, Cabrera is still very productive, hitting .277 with 18 home runs and 58 RBIs. And that is in a Mets lineup that he has hardly had anything around him, now he will be in a deeper lineup.
Kilomé has an electric fastball and was ranked as one of the top-10 prospects in the Phillies organization, before the trade, and according to Baseball Prospectus, he was ranked as the number 68 overall prospect in baseball.
Last season he was pretty dominant with a 2.83 ERA, but he has struggled this season so far and a big reason for that has been that his walks have been up. With the Mets likely to part from a guy like Zach Wheeler, getting a good pitching prospect that at least has some tools to be successful is a good thing, especially for a veteran who is going to be a rental.