The Cincinnati Reds made a big move on Tuesday after acquiring Shin-Soo Choo from the Cleveland Indianas and Trevor Bauer–arguably one of the top pitching prospects any team could ask for after being selected No. 3 in the 2011 draft–from the Arizona Diamondbacks in what turned out to be nine-player trade. However, the best part about this trade for the Reds–they were able to get rid of center fielder Drew Stubbs in the process.
Stubbs was sent to the Indians in the three-team deal and there’s no question the Reds are upgrading in center field with the addition of Choo. After a stellar 2010 campaign, it’s clear Stubbs has been on the decline over the last two years and is coming off a 2012 season in which he batted just .213 with 14 home runs to go along with 40 RBIs.
What’s even more disappointing–Stubbs struck out a total of 144 times.
The argument can be made that Cincinnati will benefit the most from this trade compared to the other two teams, but the main question will be what happens once the 2013 season comes to an end. One of the main reasons why Cleveland was willing to deal Choo now was due to the fact that he was entering the final year of his contract and the organization was having difficulty reaching a new long-term deal with him.
Who knows–maybe playing for a World Series contender like the Reds will make him consider sticking around for the long run if things turn out well in 2013.
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