The Cleveland Indians finally made their move and traded Shin-Soo Choo as part of a three-team deal. The Indians traded Choo, outfielder Jason Donald, and $3.5 million to the Cincinnati Reds and shipped left-handed reliever Tony Sipp and first baseman Lars Anderson to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In return, the Indians received Drew Stubbs and top-rated pitching prospect Trevor Bauer who goes from the Diamondbacks with Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw. The Diamondbacks receive shortstop prospect from the Reds Didi Gregorius as well.
The Indians did a great job in this trade. Stubbs has tons of talent and never lived up to his potential in Cincinnati. Perhaps a change of scenery will help him. Even with him not living up to his potential, Stubbs has provided excellent defense, some power, and very good speed.
However, it is Bauer that is the true prize in this trade. He was the third overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft and made his MLB debut last season with the Diamondbacks as a 21-year-old. Bauer has the makings of an ace, someone who can carry the Indians’ rotation for years.
Stubbs is still only 28-years-old and if he can pick up his game to even around 2010 levels he could be the steal in this trade.
Ever since the Winter Meetings the Indians have been rumored to be shopping Choo. To get a potential ace and an outfield replacement for him is a spectacular deal for the Indians.
The Diamondbacks received a replacement for the departed Stephen Drew in Gregorius. He will challenge for the starting job and could be a mainstay in the Diamondback lineup.
Despite getting Gregorius, the Diamondbacks gave up a ton in Bauer. Bauer will be an ace and will be a vital building block in the Indians’ rebuilding process. Indians GM Chris Antonetti did a great job in this trade.