Found February 26, 2013 on Redlegs Review:
The most pressing need entering this past offseason for the reigning National League Division champs was a reliable leadoff hitter. Cincinnati's production out of the leadoff slot in 2012 was absolutely horrendous. The Reds ranked dead last in all of baseball in average (.208), on-base percentage (.254), RBI (38), stolen bases (10), and OPS (.581). This led to a decrease in RBI opportunities for middle-of-the-order guys like Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, and Ryan Ludwick, but the greatest negative effect was the club's inability to muster offense at times. On Dec. 11, 2012, GM Walt Jocketty decided enough was enough when he pulled the trigger on a 3-team trade that brought OF Shin-Soo Choo, along with UTL Jason Donald and cash, to the Reds. Cincinnati parted ways with OF Drew Stubbs and SS prospect Didi Gregorius in exchange. Choo, 30, is entering his ninth campaign in the major leagues. He was originally signed by the Seattle Mariners as an amateur free agent in 2000 ...
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