Many moves have been delayed in free agency due to some major deals brewing across the MLB. In fact, the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians may hold the key to the beginning of many monster deals going through.
According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, the Reds and the Indians are in trade talks that would send Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati in return for Drew Stubbs and Didi Gregorious.
These rumors, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi, have been confirmed.
If the trade goes down, the Reds will be getting Choo, who will likely serve as their center fielder and their lead-off hitter–which was their major need heading into the off season–along with another position player.
The Indians would be getting Stubbs, who is more than capable of playing everyday in the majors, and Gregorious, who is one of the highest ranked prospects across the MLB. Gregorious is a shortstop, which means that this trade could in turn help the Indians deal starting shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
If this the Indians and Reds can complete a deal, then the Indians become the teams with the most leverage in a mega deal. Rival executives believe that Gregorious and Cabrera, according to Rosenthal and Morosi, are players who Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers loves.
Arizona is in desperate need for a short stop, Texas is in need for a power bat in their outfield and the Indians are trying to put a competitive team on the field. Arizona could send Upton to Texas, Texas could send prospects such as Mike Olt to Cleveland and Cleveland could send one of the shortstops to Arizona. This deal could work out in the favor for all the teams involved.
Look for the Indians and the Reds to complete this deal within the next couple of weeks. It could be the start of mass amounts of trades throughout the majors.
David A. Cattai is the Featured Writer for the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Flyers, MLB, NHL, and NFL with Rant Sports & Featured Beat Writer covering the Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia sports for Buzz On Broad.