Bill Ladson

Asdrubal focused on helping Nats, not free agency

Asdrubal focused on helping Nats, not free agency

NEW YORK -- Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera has been productive at the plate and with the glove since he joined the team in a trade from the Indians nearly two weeks ago.

Cabrera, who hit the game-winning home run and made a nice catch while going into the stands at Citi Field in a 3-2 Nationals victory on Wednesday, will be a free agent after the season. He is not sure what he plans to do, and he would like to continue to play shortstop, the position he played while with Cleveland, though he realizes that teams could ask him to play second base.

"I don't know if I want to stay here or not. There's nothing I can do. I just have to see after the season and wait," Cabrera said. "I like to play short. That's the position I like to play more. I'm just going to see who wants me to play short, who wants me to play second, and figure it out from there."

If the Nationals win the 2014 World Series, would that influence Cabrera to stay with the Nationals beyond 2014?

"Yeah. That's why I'm here. I'm here to help this team make the playoffs. After that, get to the World Series," Cabrera said. "There is nothing better than being in that situation."

Manager Matt Williams is satisfied in what Cabrera has done so far.

"I think he has done well," Williams said. "It's hard when you switch leagues, when you don't know the pitching. It's especially difficult when you are switching positions and going from the other side of the infield, learning teammates and having a little pressure on you because the team traded for you. I think he has handled all that really well. He is a pro. He has been around the block."

Cabrera said his new teammates are making it special to play with the Nationals.

"I feel pretty comfortable," he said.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.