If the rumors are true, the Reds have traded Drew Stubbs and Didi Gregorius for who would now be former Cleveland Indians Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald. Gregorius was moved to the Diamondbacks after this deal.
From the Reds side
Losing Drew Stubbs at this point in time isn’t a big deal. While I fully believe he is better than he showed in 2012, he isn’t exactly someone you worry about losing. Gregorius is more of a concern at this point. Zack Cozart is going into his age 27 season and has a career OBP of .290 in the Majors. That isn’t good. Gregorius projects to be better than that, perhaps even an above-average shortstop at the Major League level.
From the Indians side
Acquiring Shin-Soo Choo, the Reds add a true above-average bat to their lineup. While he struggles with lefties, he crushes righties and they make up a majority of the league. The one cause for concern is that the Reds reportedly plan to play him in center, where he has all of 10 games in his career as a soon to be 30 year old Major Leaguer. That isn’t a good sign and could significantly cause issues for the pitching staff who will have to throw more pitches and fewer innings because of it. Choo does represent a huge offensive upgrade at the position though. With Jason Donald it is interesting. He has hit in the minor leagues and shown good plate discipline. In the Majors? Not so much. Over the last two seasons in the Majors he has 12 walks and 75 strikeouts. That is Juan Francisco bad. He could be a back up, but showing the plate discipline he has shown in the minors would actually give him value. With what he has shown in the Majors over the last two seasons, he probably doesn’t have any value to the team at the Major League level.
I like the deal, but I don’t love the deal. The Reds gave up a lot for a one year rental of a very good baseball player.
I will update this if any of the rumors change.