Time to Move On
The Reds needed a leadoff hitter and they got one from the Indians in Shin-Soo Choo. As you all know, it takes two to tango, so the Reds had to give up Drew Stubbs and Didi Gregorious (who goes to the Arizona Diamondbacks) to get Choo (and Jason Donald).
As frustrating as Stubbs could be
some of most of the time, I truly never had any major issues with the guy. The 160+ strikeouts he had every season… I had major issues with that.
Stubbs’ defense was never in question, but when his sub-bar offense showed no signs of improvement from year to year (and took a serious down-turn this season), it was fairly clear that his days with the Reds were all but done. Didi Gregorious is the x-factor in this deal. He was one of the Reds’ highest rated prospects, but with Zach Cozart holding down the shortstop position for the next few years, Gregorious had no place to go.
The plan is to play Choo in center–where he’s never played before–but it’s not like the Reds are moving a closer with a 1.51 ERA and 38 saves into the starting rotation. It’s nothing crazy like that.
In the end, the Reds gave up two guys for one year of Shin-Soo Choo. That seems like a lot (and it is), but keep in mind that the Reds have Billy Hamilton and his 155 (one-hundred-and-fifty-five) stolen bases waiting in the leadoff wings.
On that note, I bid farewell to Drew Stubbs with one of my favorite highlights of his–this one from the eventual division-clinching game in 2010: