Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Former Reds OF Drew Stubbs was traded to Colorado and it got me thinking

Do you miss him at all?
The player who used to man center field at Great American Ball Park is on the move again, as the Cleveland Indians have traded Drew Stubbs to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for LHP Josh Outman.You may remember a little trade last year that sent Stubbs from Cincinnati to Cleveland and netted Shin-Soo Choo for the Reds.

Stubbs will be playing for his third team as he enters his sixth year in the major leagues. The Rockies acquisition of Stubbs may have been made possible by an earlier trade in which Colorado sent IF Jonathan Herrera to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for LHP Franklin Morales. The addition of Morales likely made Outman expendable as they both are left-handed bullpen pitchers, and also possibly lead to the Stubbs-Outman swap.

Other than Stubbs being a former Red, what does any of this have to do with anything, you may ask? Well when I saw the two trades and started working my way backwards, it had me thinking about an earlier rumor that the Reds and Rockies had been talking about a possible transaction involving Reds lefty specialist Sean Marshall.

Is it possible that Walt Jocketty was trying to swing a deal to land Jonathan Herrera as well? No. You're probably right, but it could have made sense. Herrera is a 29-year old Venezuelan who has spent his entire five-year major league playing career thus far with the Rockies. More importantly, he is well-versed in the infield having played the vast, vast majority of his career among the shortstop, second, and third base positions. In fact, he's only played two games not in one of those defensive positions, with two games in left field last season. 

Herrera is a switch hitter and has put up respectable numbers for someone who would fill the role of a utility, bench bat. He owns a career slash line of .265/.325/.332. That's nothing special, but he had a career year in 2013 hitting .292/.336/.364 in 81 games. That would have been a vast improvement over Cesar Izturis. Nonetheless, Herrera is on his way to join the World Champion Boston Red Sox, while the Reds continue their search for options to improve the 2014 version of the Cincinnati Reds.

I've spent way more time speculating about a player who is not even going to be playing for Cincinnati next season (as of now...) and who is not even that good than I ever expected. Such is the reality of a slow day in the offseason. Anyways, good luck to Stubbs as I hope the friendly confines of Coors Field help him to resurrect his career a bit.

More importantly, I hope the Reds can make some headlines in the coming weeks to prepare for another playoff run in 2014. Go Redlegs.

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