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Didi Gregorius was blocked by Zack Cozart in Cincinnati.
None of the teams involved benefit much from this complicated trade.
Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, the most accomplished of these nine players, goes to the Cincinnati Reds along with utilityman Jason Donald and approximately $3.5 million.
Though Choo is a better offensive player than the departing Drew Stubbs, he's also a weaker defender with limited experience in center field. His impending free agency doesn't hurt the Reds because they have speedster Billy Hamilton coming through the pipe, so they seemingly come out on top.
Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic calls Didi Gregorius "the eventual long-term starting shortstop" of the Arizona Diamondbacks. In his article, GM Kevin Towers makes Derek Jeter comparisons!
Let's calm down. Gregorius—who's nearly 23 years old—split last season between Double-A and Triple-A before getting a brief call-up to Cincinnati. Though the Dutchman is strongly reviewed as a fielder, his ordinary offensive numbers in the minor leagues don't put him on an All-Star track.
Lars Anderson and Tony Sipp add depth to the bench and relief corps, respectively.
The rebuilding Cleveland Indians should have concerns about their incoming players, too.
Stubbs' strikeout rate worsens every season, according to Baseball-Reference.com, limiting his on-base percentage and the impact he can make with his legs. Bauer's awesome potential will be for naught if he doesn't find a more consistent release point. His peculiarities rub some people the wrong way. Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer lists a few of them.
Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw are decent middle relievers, but the former is an impending free agent.