The Cincinnati Reds were looking for more offense to go with their outstanding pitching staff after losing three straight games in the playoffs to get eliminated. Cincinnati just looked in their own state for help as the Reds pulled off a three-way trade with the Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks to bring Shin-Soo Choo to the Queen City. The Reds traded Drew Stubbs to Cleveland in return and the Indians also got top pitching prospect Trevor Bauer from Arizona as the main players in the trade.
Choo will likely play center field in Cincinnati which he hasn’t done much of before so an adjustment is definitely there but it’s possible he could switch with Jay Bruce in right field. Choo brings another solid bat to the Cincinnati lineup and will hit leadoff. This trade just makes the Reds an even bigger favorite in the National League Central for 2013 with Choo, Bruce, Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips in the middle of the Reds order.
The Indians though may end up getting the best of this deal in the long run. Stubbs and Bauer are going to be two long-term pieces for Cleveland as it appears that they are looking to rebuild. Bauer could easily be a No. 2 starter for the Indians by 2014 while Stubbs will leadoff and man center field for years to come. I like this trade for everyone as Arizona got several prospects back that will help them in the next two years as well. The centerpiece was Choo though and if the Reds can get the pitching they did last season, they are a legit World Series contender.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.