Shin-Soo Choo Reportedly Traded to Reds in 3-Team Deal

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 11, 2012

The Cincinnati Reds are seeking to acquire Cleveland Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.

 

UPDATE: Tuesday, December 11 at 9:18 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan hashes out the entirety of the deal:

Indians get: Bauer, Stubbs, Shaw, Albers. D-backs get: Gregorius, Sipp, Lars Anderson. Reds get: Choo, Donald. Whoa.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 12, 2012

 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 11 at 9:12 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Newsradio WTAM 1100 reporter Nick Camino, a big part of this trade is confirmed:

Confirmed: #Indians have traded RF Shin-Soo Choo and INF Jason Donald to the #Reds for OF Drew Stubbs. More details to come on this trade.

— Nick Camino (@CaminoTribe) December 12, 2012

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal mentions more details:

Source: #Diamondbacks' Shaw, Albers among those going to #Indians. A. Cabrera COULD go to #Diamondbacks, with Gregorius staying in Cleveland

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 12, 2012

 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 11 at 8:56 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Here we go, folks. According to CBS' Jon Heyman, Shin-Soo Choo has been traded to the Reds:

choo goes to #reds. done deal.

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 12, 2012

Jason Donald has also been sent to Cincinnati, and there is supposed to be more on the way:

#reds also get jason donald in choo deal. working on rest. theres a lot more.

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 12, 2012

Stay tuned.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET

The three-team trade will see Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald go to the Cincinnati Reds, Didi Gregorius go to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Drew Stubbs and a Diamondbacks pitcher go to the Cleveland Indians, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com:

Rosenthal tweeted:

Three-team trade, per source, will look like this: Choo, Jason Donald to #Reds, Gregorius to #Diamondbacks, Stubbs, AZ pitcher to #Indians.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 12, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. ET

According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Arizona Diamondbacks are now involved. It could mean Gregorius heads to Arizona.

Hoynes tweeted:

3 team dealing cooking among #Indians, Reds, Arizona. Shin-Soo Choo headed to Cincy. Asdrubal Cabrera not involved as of right now.

— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) December 11, 2012

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What is interesting is that the Reds reportedly plan to use Choo as their center fielder, where the 30-year-old hasn't played since 2009.

Choo batted .283 with 16 home runs, 67 RBI, 88 runs and 21 stolen bases in 2012, but he becomes a free agent after the 2013 season and the Indians reportedly didn't think they could re-sign him.

This would be a nice addition for the Reds, who went 97-65 last season despite Stubbs hitting .214 as their starting center fielder (though, he did post 75 runs with 30 stolen bases). 

The Reds made it to the NLDS last season but were knocked out by the eventual champion San Francisco Giants, giving up a 2-0 series advantage in the process. Stubbs hit .211 with four runs and one RBI in the series.

Gregorius would be a nice fit for Cleveland, given the club has been interested in trading starting shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.

The Indians went a disappointing 68-94 last season and ranked 22nd in runs scored. They are hoping the 22-year-old Gregorius would fill in nicely. The Dutchman made his debut for the Reds on Sept. 5, 2012, hitting .300 in 20 at-bats.

 

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