On Tuesday, the Reds pulled off a rare blockbuster trade that involved three-teams and nine-players. The general reaction regarding the deal has been mostly positive from folks around Cincinnati. That is because the team landed coveted outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to help provide a spark at the top of the batting order and to patrol the vast spaces in Great American Ball Park.
Here is a look at some positives and negatives about the deal:
+ The Reds received a huge upgrade at the top of the order. Their leadoff hitters ranked dead last in MLB in average (.208) and on-base percentage (.254) in 2012. Choo batted .283 and got on base at a clip of .373.
+ The Reds also received $3.5 million from the Indians to help offset the projected difference in cost between Stubbs and Choo. The arbitration-eligible Choo earned $4.9 million last season and is expected to receive $7.9 million this upcoming season. Meanwhile, Stubbs is expected to rake in $2.9 in 2013 after making $52...