Asdrubal Cabrera claimed off waivers by Cincinnati Reds

MIAMI – The Cincinnati Reds claimed infielder Asdrúbal Cabrera off waivers Friday from the Arizona Diamondbacks, adding veteran depth as they chase a playoff spot.  

Cabrera, 35, had a .244 batting average and .324 on-base percentage in 90 games this season. He had 21 doubles, seven homers, 40 RBI and 34 runs scored for the last-place D-Backs. The 15-year veteran has played third base and first base this season, and he has plenty of experience at second base and shortstop from previous years.  

Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (14), left, and Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez (7), right, share a laugh during a pitching change in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. The Arizona Diamondbacks won, 8-5.

A switch-hitter, Cabrera could boost the lineup against left-handed pitching. In 104 at-bats against lefties this season, Cabrera is batting .290 with a .356 on-base percentage. The Reds have struggled against left-handed pitching for much of the season.

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The Reds had three open slots on their 40-man roster after relievers Heath Hembree and Sean Doolittle were designated for assignment and Nick Senzel was returned to the 60-day injured list, reversing an option to the minor leagues, because of fluid buildup in his left knee. Hembree was claimed off waivers by the New York Mets and Doolittle was claimed by the Seattle Mariners.

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