The Indians and the D-backs have discussed the framework of a deal that centers around Tribe shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and Arizona right-hander Trevor Bauer, an industry source said early Wednesday.

The two clubs have been in talks about the potential deal for two weeks, and it appears those talks have escalated at the Winter Meetings, though the source did not say whether a deal is near completion.

If the trade comes to fruition, it would fulfill an obvious need for each side. In a thin free-agent shortstop market, Cabrera, a two-time All-Star, is an attractive trade option. And for an Indians club potentially in a rebuild-type situation, an upside arm like Bauer fits the framework.

Cabrera, 27, hit .270 with a .762 OPS, 16 homers and 68 RBIs in 143 games last season. His OPS ranked third among all Major League shortstops, trailing only the Nationals' Ian Desmond (.845) and the Marlins' Jose Reyes (.765). But Cabrera's production was actually a dip from his career year in '11, when he belted 25 homers and drove in 92 runs.

Though the D-backs acquired Cliff Pennington from the A's early in the offseason, they have been in the hunt for more of an everyday shortstop. They have been linked to the likes of Jurickson Profar and Andrelton Simmons -- the young commodities possessed by the Rangers and Braves, respectively -- in the Justin Upton rumor mill. But the Cabrera discussions seem to have reached more of a substantive stage.

ESPN.com reported Tuesday night that the D-backs-Indians talks could involve as many as two other teams, and FoxSports.com has reported that the Indians are interested in Arizona left-hander Tyler Skaggs, who made his MLB debut in August and went 1-3 with a 5.83 ERA in six starts.