Via the Plain Dealer –
The Indians, Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks are talking about a three-team deal that could reach conclusion tonight.
The Tribe is close to sending outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds. They could receive outfielder Drew Stubbs and shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius. CBSsports.com first reported that part of the deal.
It has since been learned that Arizona is involved in the deal. The Diamondbacks have been pursuing Tribe shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, but as of this moment it’s believed Cabrera is not involved. The Diamondbacks like Gregorius so the Indians could send him to Arizona as part of the deal.
During last week’s winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn., the Indians and Diamondbacks discussed various forms of a three and four-team deal. Texas, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Kansas City were involved at one time or another.
The Indians were trying to get young starting pitchers from Arizona in exchange for Cabrera, their two-time All-Star shortstop. Right-hander Trevor Bauer, Arizona’s No.1 pick in 2011, and left-hander Tyler Skaggs were supposedly coming the Tribe’s way.
The deal didn’t happen in Nashville, but it appears to be close to happening now.
Interesting deal, from all sides. It’s a shame the Yankees can’t move Granderson the way the Indians are moving Choo and come up with a replacement outfielder and a stud pitching prospect in return.