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Published: 12/12/2012

Tribe trades Choo to Reds

Cleveland gets Stubbs, pitching prospect Bauer

BY PAUL HOYNES
(CLEVELAND) PLAIN DEALER

CLEVELAND — The Indians on Tuesday night received four players in a three-team, nine-player trade with Cincinnati and Arizona.

Here's how the deal breaks down:

■ The Indians received outfielder Drew Stubbs from the Reds and three pitchers from Arizona: Right-hander Trevor Bauer and relievers Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw.

■ The Reds received Shin-Soo Choo, Jason Donald, Tony Sipp, and cash from the Indians.

■ Arizona gets shortstop Didi Gregorius from the Reds and first baseman Lars Anderson from the Indians. The Diamondbacks preferred Gregorius over Asdrubal Cabrera because they can control him for six years. Cabrera can be a free agent after 2014.

During last week's winter meetings in Nashville, the Indians and Diamondbacks discussed various forms of a three and four-team deal. Texas, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Kansas City were involved at one time or another. Tuesday night they got the deal done.

Trevor Bauer, Arizona's No.1 pick in 2011, should immediately help the Indians’ tattered rotation. Bauer, 21, made his big league debut this year and went 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA in four starts.

Bauer started the season in the minors, going 12-2 with a 2.42 ERA in 22 starts at Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno.

Stubbs, 28, hit .213 (105 for 493) with 13 doubles, two triples, 14 homers, and 40 RBIs in 136 games last year. He stole 30 bases in 37 attempts and scored 75 runs.

He was the Reds' starting center fielder and had a big contact problem, striking out 166 times. Stubbs finished fifth in the National League in strikeouts.

This trade comes after the Indians reached agreement with Mark Reynolds on Sunday on a one-year $6 million deal. Reynolds struck out 159 times last season with Baltimore to finish seventh in the American League.

Stubbs' best season with the Reds was 2010 when he hit .255 (131 for 583) with 19 doubles, six triples, 22 homers, and 77 RBIs. He stole 30 bases in 36 attempts.

Last season Stubbs spent most of his time hitting second.

The Reds drafted Stubbs, a right-handed hitter, with their first pick in 2006. He's eligible for arbitration this winter, but can't be a free agent until after the 2016 season.

Albers, 29, split the 2012 season between Boston and Arizona. He was 3-1 with a 2.39 ERA in 63 relief appearances. He posted an 1.80 during his last 11 appearances. Left-handers hit just .207 against him.

YOUK A YANK: The Indians tried hard to sign Kevin Youkilis, but when talks slowed, they turned to Reynolds to play first base. Youkilis, who played for Tribe manager Terry Francona in Boston, accepted a one-year, $12 million deal from the Yankees on Tuesday.

Cleveland traded outfielder Shin-Soo Choo on Tuesday to Cincinnati, part of a three-team, nine-player trade that’s been a week in the making. Cleveland traded outfielder Shin-Soo Choo on Tuesday to Cincinnati, part of a three-team, nine-player trade that’s been a week in the making.
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