Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 12/11/12
The Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians are discussing a trade that would send outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati, major-league sources confirmed to FOXSports.com. Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, who first reported the serious talks, said the Indians would obtain center fielder Drew Stubbs and shortstop Didi Gregorius in the deal. The Reds would receive a position player in addition to Choo, one source said. Choo likely would play center field and give the Reds a dynamic outfield for one year. He's set to become a free agent after the 2013 season, and his agent, Scott Boras, is expected to seek top dollar for him on the open market. One fascinating aspect of the deal is that Choo has played only 10 major-league games in center field, only one of which was after 2006. He tried to learn the position when he broke into the majors with the Seattle Mariners in 2005 and 2006. He was tentative in center field then but excelled in right after being traded to Cleveland. Meanwhile, Choo is precisely what the Reds need offensively. Cincinnati ranked last in the majors this year in production from the leadoff spot, due to Stubbs' disappointing season. Choo has ranked among the American League's top 10 in on-base percentage during three of the past four seasons. The Indians already have a veteran shortstop in Asdrubal Cabrera, so it's possible they would trade Cabrera or Gregorius to a third team. The Arizona Diamondbacks are known to be seeking a shortstop.
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