MLB News: Indians swap Choo, Donald in three-team deal

UPDATE 9:47 PM – The Indians’ Press Release on the trade, including detail on all four new players, has been appended to the bottom of this post.

UPDATE 9:19 PM – Things are starting to clear up, and the trade is indeed bigger than originally thought. Let’s do this team by team.


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UPDATE 9:09 PM – Buster Olney is confirming that the Indians will acquire Trevor Bauer.

UPDATE 9:06 PM – Multiple reports are confirming Drew Stubbs to the Indians, which comes as no surprise at this point in the game.

Much bigger news, though unconfirmed, comes from Tony Lastoria at Indians Prospect Insider:

9:01 PM – We’ll keep updating this as the news comes out, but for right now it looks like the Indians have traded Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald to the Cincinnati Reds as part of what should become a three-team deal.

According to multiple reports, the Indians will receive OF Drew Stubbs and SS Didi Gregorius in the trade, though perhaps not for long.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are reportedly the third team in the deal, and they have shown interest in Gregorius. What sounds possible/plausible at this point is that the Indians will move Gregorius and perhaps more to Arizona in exchange for one of their young starting pitchers. Keep an eye especially on 23 year old Patrick Corbin, though it’s still possible that Trevor Bauer or Tyler Skaggs could be included if the complexity of the deal continues to escalate.





RHP Trevor Bauer, OF Drew Stubbs, RHP Matt Albers &

RHP Bryan Shaw Joining Cleveland

CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has acquired four players in a three-team trade involving the Indians, Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Today, the Indians received RHP TREVOR BAUER, RHP MATT ALBERS and RHP BRYAN SHAW from the Diamondbacks and OF DREW STUBBS from the Reds in exchange for OF SHIN-SOO CHOO, INF JASON DONALD, LHP TONY SIPP, INF LARS ANDERSON and cash considerations. Choo, Donald and cash are being sent to Cincinnati while Sipp, Anderson and INF Didi Gregorius (from CIN) are now members of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Bauer, 21, was the third overall selection by Arizona in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of UCLA after winning the 2011 Golden Spikes Award and National Player of the Year [1,2]. Named the 9th overall prospect in Minor League Baseball [1] entering 2012, Trevor spent most of the 2012 season between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno where he went a combined 12-2 with a 2.42 ERA in 22 starts (130.1IP, 107H, 35ER, 61BB, 157K, 223AVG) and averaged 10.8 strikeouts per 9.0IP. He also became the first member of the 2011 draft to appear in the big leagues ahead of Indians RHP Cody Allen, making four starts for the Diamondbacks in July. In his brief Minor League career he owns an ERA of 3.00 in 156.0 innings of work (134H, 52ER, 73BB, 200K, .229AVG) while fanning 11.5 batters per 9.0IP.

Stubbs, 28, has appeared in parts of 4 Major League seasons with the Reds since 2009 after being selected in the first round (8th overall) of the 2006 draft, batting .241 (431-1791) with 59HR, 178RBI, 110SB, 285 runs (.312OBP/.386SLG) in 486 career games. The right-handed hitter has also posted a career .276 (127-460) avg./.821 OPS vs. left-handed pitching. Stubbs recorded at least 30 stolen bases for the 3rd consecutive season in 2012, becoming one of just 6 Major League players to do so over the span since 2010 (Bourn, Crisp, R. Davis, J. Reyes, B.J. Upton). With 40 steals in 2011, Stubbs became the first Reds player to reach that threshold since Deion Sanders swiped 56 bags in 1997. Defensively, the University of Texas product has appeared exclusively in center field in 481 career games (24 outfield assists).

Albers, 29, split the 2012 season between the Boston Red Sox and Arizona, going a combined 3-1 with a 2.39ERA in 63 relief appearances (60.1IP, 46H, 16ER, 22BB, 44K, .215AVG). Over Matt’s final 11 outings with the D-Backs in September he posted an ERA of 1.80 (10.0IP, 9H, 2R/ER, 9K). On the year with Boston and Arizona he limited left-handed batters to a .207 (17-82) average against. The Houston, TX native was a 23rd round pick of the Astros in 2001 and debuted with his hometown team in 2006. He was traded to Baltimore prior to the 2008 season and after a successful stint in Boston in 2011-12 he was acquired by Arizona at the trading deadline for LHP Craig Breslow.

Shaw, 25, spent most of the 2012 season in the Arizona bullpen where he went 1-6 with 2 saves and a 3.49ERA in 64 relief appearances (59.1IP, 60H, 23ER, 4HR, 24BB, 41K, .273AVG). The Livermore, CA native also spent two weeks in Triple-A Reno in July and August, posting an ERA of 2.25 in 8 outings (8.0IP, 6H, 2R/ER, 10K, .207AVG). Shaw began his pro career in 2008 after the second round selection by Arizona out of Long Beach State (CA). He debuted with the D-Backs in June 2011 and owns a two-year career Major League record of 2-6 with a 3.18ERA in 97 relief outings (87.2IP, 90H, 31ER, 65K).

Following today’s transactions the Indians 40-man roster remains at 40.


  • dwhit110

    What a fantastic haul for one season of Choo. And Perez and Drubes remain as potential trade bait? Great deal by Antonetti!

  • cmm13

    And to all a goodnight.

    Hey Chris, disregard that last crack I took at you on the attendance thing…I knew you were working on this all along.

  • architrance

    Agreed! Apologies to Antonetti – great deal!

  • Jaker

    This was a great deal. Got a ton of value and gave up one year of Choo, incredible. The organization got a whole lot better today

  • mohlema

    Elite pitching prospect for Choo = Aavery good day for the indians. Choo was one of my favorite indians of all time but the break up was imminent. Let’s hope this is the start of infusing some young talent on this roster.

  • typo

    This is why I love baseball! Atta boy Tribe!

  • Dee P

    Franchise saving move. Based on potential and maximizing your returns, this is on par with how the Rays ripped off the Royals. Plus we save even more money to throw at Swisher and even a veteran free agent starter like Jackson now, and we still have Droobs as a chip to land even more young pitching.

    Don’t write off Stubbs either. Not a free agent until 2015, only 28 years old, many young players struggle with Dusty Baker, and a solid fielder. He is in many ways a poor man’s Grady with room to be very near his equal if he makes good on his potential. Plus he can do this for millions less.

    Also looks like two solid additions to the pen.

    Very exciting night to be a Tribe fan….and haven’t been able to say that in a while.

  • mgbode

    Was the early rumor just to scare us and make this one look better? This is more like it. Bauer has risk but definitely the type of prospect we wanted. And I don’t mind stubbs as a throw in. He has talent.

  • Kildawg

    Now to sign Swisher. Rumor is Tribe is offering 4yr/48-50M but Swish wants 5-6yr. If so 5yr/60M won’t be so bad. Looks like Barnes and Hagadone will be in pen (unless Tribe only goes one lefty in pen). Trade Cabrera to SS-hungry team like STL and Perez to team that needs closer (SF, TEX), all mentioned teams have SP depth and STL has OF/1B depth as well.


    My only question is why would Arizona make this deal? Not sure the SS they’re receiving is worthy of a stud pitching prospect. Does Bauer have an injury history?

  • Steve

    I think it was to scare the Diamondbacks into finally doing something. They wanted Gregarius or Cabrera (seemingly). Antonetti asking for the former was enough to shake Bauer loose.

  • Steve

    We got two relievers in this deal. Unless they move Perez, its either Allen or Barnes.

  • Chicago216er

    This about sums it up as well as humanly possible. They have no excuse to not sign a veteran SP, and Swisher now. Lets just hope the FAs see the improvement as well.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I was wondering this too… why in the world did Arizona get into this deal?

  • Steve

    “They have no excuse to not sign a veteran SP, and Swisher now”

    Except for the whole sub 70 win, small market team thing. The Indians could barely get FAs to come here when they were winning 90+ and the money was much more balanced. To expect them to truly be big players now is a bit crazy.

  • WFNYJon

    Arizona FO and coaching staff seemed to butt heads with Bauer last season. Not only is he, um, kinda weird about his routines (you’ll see), but he was resisting some of their coaching–nibbling a lot rather than going after hitters. Resulted in less swing-and-miss stuff (which he needs to have) and more “pitching to contact”.

    Word was they didn’t like his attitude/composure when confronted. I think a change of scenery could do him very well.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    That windmill outside Progressive Field will have plenty of wind thanks to the additions of Reynolds and Stubbs! But seriously it’s nice to see a much more proactive stance this offseason but we’ll see how these new guys pan out. I’m hoping Bauer is a young arm who actually pans out for the Indians. Here’s hoping Swisher gets signed and I wouldn’t mind Edwin Jackson too.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Hopefully they can turn Asdrubal into something similar as what they did with Choo if so options should be aplenty. Worse thing would be keeping Cabrera and that’s not horrible if it happens.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The Indians also got SP Patrick Corbin according to

  • markn95

    We got Bauer, HUGE sigh of relief. Great deal.


    >>>Not only is he, um, kinda weird about his routines (you’ll see)<<<

    "Bauer's looking for some extra power for tonight. He wants to sacrifice a live chicken! Hey, Jake, we can't have guys puking in the locker room before the game!"

  • Obie

    Francona had to have a hand in this. This type of savvy doesn’t seem very Shapinetti-esque

  • Steve

    Trading a guy at the end of his contract that they weren’t going to re-sign for a talented young player, and getting other teams to sweeten the pot on the peripherals is exactly what Shapiro and Antonetti are known for.

  • mgbode

    sometimes a felix fermin falls into your lap and you just can’t say no.

  • mgbode

    edwin or marcum would be awfully sweet.

  • mgbode

    i think it was just a bad source honestly. the timing was too close to the actual deal to think it had real implications. even mentioned gregarius maybe going to AZ in the thread as a minor note.

  • Dee P

    Oh no. Do you see what you did here??? Jake solves the issue by bringing in a bucket of FRIED CHICKEN!

    We have Francona……don’t you see???

    The press will go crazy if Francona is linked to allowing fried chicken in the Indians clubhouse to appease Bauer….

    This could be awful.

  • Natedawg86

    You must be a young blood if Choo was one of your favs all time.

  • Natedawg86

    That is your only analysis? I was scrolling down to see if we got swindled or not…

  • Vindictive_Pat

    That’s “King Felix” right? GREAT player!

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    Wow, that came around full circle quite nicely.

  • mgbode

    don’t worry. it’ll be fried chicken and rum, not beer. we’re safe.

  • mgbode

    they both played for the Mariners, so they have that going for them, which is nice.

  • mgbode

    sometimes it’s easy. we traded a premier hitter with 1 year left on his contract for a potential premier pitcher with 6yrs left. Stubbs is a throw-in flier with potential (and he is very good defensively).

    the Reds created an amazing hitting OF if Bruce can handle CF duties.

    the D-Backs are crazy (unless Didi starts hitting better – he struggled at AAA).

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Absolutely Marcum would be a nice consolation prize after Jackson.