Apparently Young was not the Phillies original target at third base. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Phillies and the Cleveland Indians were discussing a deal that would’ve sent Vance Worley to the Indians for shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
“Before the start of the winter meetings last week in Nashville, the two teams were talking about a trade that would have sent shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to Philadelphia for right-hander Vance Worley and prospects.
The Phillies were looking to improve their aging offense, but they didn't want Cabrera to replace shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who is signed through 2014. They wanted the switch-hitting Cabrera to play third base.”
Hoynes states later that the Indians wanted more than Worley for Cabrera but the Phillies turned it down and started looking in a different direction. They would eventually trade Worley, along with Trevor May, to AL Central division rival Minnesota for centerfielder Ben Revere.
Cabrera just turned 27 and hit .270 with 16 homeruns and 68 RBI for the Indians last season. He is a natural shortstop but, as Hoynes points out, the Phillies would have converted him to third base.
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