The MLB offseason had to be one that saw a lot of highs and lows for Drew Stubbs. When the 2012 season ended, he was the centerfielder for the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds traded him to the Cleveland Indians for Shin-Soo Choo and I’m sure he thought he was going to be the main guy out in center for Cleveland. He then got a shock when the Indians signed Michael Bourn to play center field, which moved him over to right field.
Stubbs has never played right field before and there is going to be a transition period for sure with that, but after the 2012 season he had, Cincinnati wanted a change and he needed one. He hit just .213 with an on-base percentage of .277. Those are not leadoff hitter numbers and 166 strikeouts didn’t help matters, but will get a fresh start in the northern Ohio and I believe the change of scenery will only help.
There is a lot of talent there with Stubbs because he has hit more than 14 home runs in the last three seasons and while his numbers have declined in each of the last three years, he should be able to relax down in the Cleveland lineup, where the pressure won’t be on as much.
This is a season where Stubbs has hit a crossroads for his career. I really think that he can take the next step and become a very solid player for the Indians, but he must cut down on those strikeouts. Cincinnati may have given up on him, but Cleveland could have ended up with the better end of the trade.