Three Platoonable Second Base Options that fit the Dodgers

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MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 03: Asdrubal Cabrera #13 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws out a runner at first base against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 3, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Asdrubal Cabrera has been around for quite some time now, with 2018 being his 12th big league season. But don’t let his veteran status fool you, Cabrera would provide the Dodgers with more than just a clubhouse presence (not a knock on Chase Utley’s last few Dodger seasons just a fact).

The former shortstop may be the best second basemen from 2018 on the market. Last season Asdrubal slashed .287/.345/.539 against righties, good for a top-20 OPS for a single season over the last three years. Cabrera also had a top-15 WRC+ and top-15 BB% amongst the last three seasons of second basemen against righty pitching last season.

Cabrera has bounced around a lot since leaving Cleveland behind, going from the Nationals to the Rays to the Mets to the Phillies, and has been able to remain a professional hitter wherever he’s landed.

Last season Cabrera really seemed to turn things around, putting up a career-high hard contact rate at 38.5%, but he also had his worst K% of his career at 20.5%.

His entire 2018 was solid, but especially his time with the Mets. In his 98 games in New York, Cabrera hit 18 homers with a .277 average while playing 785 innings at second base.