The Reds and Indians are deep in talks that would send Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.
The Indians would receive center fielder Drew Stubbs and shortstop Didi Gregorius in return. The Reds are expected to receive another player in addition to Choo.
The Reds plan to use Choo in center field and as their leadoff man. Choo has played just 10 games in center field for the Indians, none since 2009. But the Reds believe that whatever they lost defensively would be made up for with Choo’s offensive contributions.
Choo had a .373 on-base percentage and an .815 OPS last year for the Indians. He led off 98 times, and had a .389 on-base percentage in those games.
The Indians are anxious to move Choo because he has just one year to go before free agency and is represented by Scott Boras.
When the hot stove season began, I thought Choo would have been a nice fit for the Mets.