The Indians, Diamondbacks and Reds pulled off a blockbuster nine-player trade this past week that sent Drew Stubbs, Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw to the Indians, Didi Gregorius, Tony Sipp and Lars Anderson to the Diamondbacks and Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald to the Reds.
Though the trade benefited all teams involved, the Indians definitely came out on top. Not only did they receive a speedy outfielder in Drew Stubbs, but they also received one of baseball's highly touted prospects in Trevor Bauer. They also received two relief pitchers, adding further depth to a bullpen that performed well in 2012.
Yes, this deal looks good for the Tribe. Let's take a look at five ways this trade not only helped the Indians in the 2013 season, but will also benefit them in the near and distant future.