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Phillies get Asdrubal Cabrera from the Mets

Franklyn Kilome (Photo by Steven Kiebach)
Franklyn Kilome pitches for the Reading Fightin’ Phils earlier in the 2018 season. (Photo by Steven Kiebach)

The Phillies lost out on acquiring Manny Machado from the Orioles. Then, Zach Britton went to the Yankees. Then, J.A. Happ and Cole Hamels were both traded. It looked like the Phillies were going to be out on everybody they had any interest in acquiring. Then, somewhere out of the blue, came a deal announced late this afternoon that had the Phillies getting Asdrubal Cabrera from the New York Mets for Double-A pitcher Franklyn Kilome.

Cabrera, 32, has a line of 18-58-.277/.329/.488 this season in 98 games with the Mets. While he has played at second, third and short in his career, the Mets have had him playing exclusively at second base this season. In his 12-year major league career, Cabrera has a line of 157-588-.270/.331/.425 and has played with Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Washington and the Mets.

Kilome was the eighth best prospect on the Philly Baseball Insider pre-season ranking of Phillies prospects. The 23-year old is 4-6 with a 4.24 ERA this season with Reading. Since being signed by the Phillies as an international free agent in January of 2013, Kilome has gone 22-24 with a 4.24 ERA as he’s advanced through the system. Kilome was also mentioned as a potential piece of the package to acquire Machado from Baltimore.

Major league rules allow Cabrera 72 hours to report to the Phillies but it may come much sooner with the Mets being in Pittsburgh and relatively close to Cincinnati where the Phillies are playing through the weekend. It’s thought that he’ll join the team on Saturday. It would seem likely that infielder Jesmuel Valentin would be the odd-man-out on the Phillies infield and would be optioned back to Lehigh Valley.

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