When the Hot Stove season first heated up (!), many expected Shin-Soo Choo‘s name to feature prominently. He is, after all, a very good hitter and decentish corner outfielder with only one year remaining on his current contract.

The Clevelands need lots of everything and many teams could use a player like Choo. Enter the Reds, who are reportedly offering center fielder/strikeout machine Drew Stubbs and shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius for Choo and another player, according to The Knobler of Knobler Sports Baseball.

While acquiring Choo makes the Reds lineup better, it does present some confounding scenarios in their outfield. With Jay Bruce locked up long term and Ryan Ludwick signed for the next two years, the Reds are possibly entertaining the idea of using Choo in center?

Choo has a terrific throwing arm but using him, at age 30, in center seems hopeful at best. Jay Bruce has a decent defensive track record but that might be asking a lot at this stage of his career. Choo played a great total of 8 innings in center field since coming to the Indians in 2006.

There is the matter of Billy Hamilton, the base stealing phenom of the Reds low minors. A shortstop by trade, Hamilton just spent the Arizona Fall League trying his luck in center field, though this suggests the Reds think he’s at least two years away.

Defense indeed matters but a lineup of Choo/Phillips/Votto/Ludwick/Bruce at the top will score a lot of runs, perhaps enough runs to compensate for bad defense. It certainly worked for the 2011 Brewers – in the same division, no less.

The Tribe gets a guy who can play center field sort of cheap replacement for Asdrubal Cabrera, a name finding its own way into a serious number of trade rumors. The Indians are sort of a mess right now and Choo & Cabrera are their only pieces that might potentially move.

This is just Knobling for right now but, should the two Ohio teams pull the trigger on this trade it will make the NL Central incredibly interesting and the AL Central even less interesting. If Cleveland trades its two best players after the Twins trade one of their best players, weakening two teams already dangerously close to “doormat” status, maybe Kansas City really IS close to competing?! All part of Dayton Moore’s plan. HE TOLD YOU TO TRUST THE PROCESS, WILL YOU NEVER LEARN?

Comments (4)

  1. Just a quick comment that has nothing to do with the left fielder, and everything to do with his team…

    I’ve noticed that writers at GB occasionally refer to the team as “The Clevelands” which I fully endorse and support, rather than using their “official” team name. As you probably know, a number of media publications in the USA have been refusing to refer to Cleveland’s baseball team, or Washington’s football team, by their official name for some time now, due to fact that it’s highly offensive to First Nations peoples. However, I also notice that it’s somewhat inconsistent in its application on here, and some uses of the team name seem to appear as well – in this post, the city’s name appears twice, their official name twice, and their “other” name (Tribe) makes one appearance as well. Perhaps a concerted effort to just use the city name would be a good step forward?

    I’m no stranger to the difficulties in making one’s language evolve – it took some effort to remove a certain derogatory “R” word from my vocabulary, because it was such a popular insult when I was growning up. But all languages evolve, sometimes intentionally, sometimes not, and if a term is known to be offensive, I try to avoid using it (even knowing it will take time to achieve this goal). But even those who debate whether “Indians” or “Redskins” are offensive to First Nations people (and not all FN people agree on this either) the most important point I’ve read is that, if an expansion team in any sport were to be created tomorrow, there’s no way in hell that either of those names would ever be considered – which tells us all we need to know about whether such a team name is appropriate in this day and age.

    So, my question – is there any appetite at Getting Blanked to permanently remove Cleveland’s team name from use, and just refer to them by the name of their city? I don’t want to seem overly PC, but it is an important issue to many people, and I do think it would be a step in the right direction.

    Anyways, I do enjoy the blog and hope I’m not lighting fires where there shouldn’t be, but it’s something I consider rather important, and GB seems more amenable to change than most other media. :-)

    • This was supposed to be double spaced.

    • Appetite? Yes. Concerted effort? Not quite yet. I guess it is something of an internal balancing act – not trying to make it so conspicuous and showy. IDK, baby steps I guess.

      • Fair enough, baby steps are better than no steps at all… I didn’t intend to turn the comments forum into a soapbox, but with all the indigenous activism and the #idlenomore movement taking off in the last few days, I’ve been searching for a way to be an effective ally to indigenous peoples. This was the one area where I thought there might be an opportunity to work towards progress, while still staying within my own realm of understanding.

        I have noticed that both GB and DJF have almost entirely erased homophobic slurs and anti-gay comments from your posts (the comments section is another story… but again, baby steps) so I know that the willingness to change is there, and I commend you for it. I’m sure a similar shift will take place with this issue when the time seems right for it.

        Anyways, thanks for being open to the idea at least, it’s better than the typical angry “We’ll change their name when Cleveland changes their name!” response. :)

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