Monday, November 25, 2013

A few Reds-related news and notes: Choo, Arroyo, Stubbs

+ Although the Texas Rangers have already made a big splash this offseason with the blockbuster Ian Kinsler-Prince Fielder trade, they don't appear content to stop there, and ESPN's David Schoenfield suggests the Rangers should go hard after free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. That's easier said than done, obviously. Texas isn't the only interested team vying for his services.

+ Mark Sheldon of breaks down the club's tough decision on whether to re-sign Choo or not. Considering just how good Choo was last season, and the value he can add to so many teams, I cannot see a scenario where the Reds come out on top in negotiations. His asking price is simply to high and there are too many teams in on the sweepstakes.

+ The Minnesota Twins continue to appear like a very possible destination for free agent Bronson Arroyo. Wherever Arroyo ends up, he will be sorely missed in Cincinnati, where he displayed remarkable durability and dependability season-after-season.

+ Might former Red and current Cleveland Indians outfielder Drew Stubbs be on the trading block? Jordan Bastian of seems to think so after the Tribe recently signed David Murphy. You may remember that Stubbs was traded in the three-team deal that brought Choo to the Reds last December.

+ Speaking of that trade, the Arizona Diamondbacks may be exploring the opportunity of moving the player they acquired from the Reds in that aforementioned deal: shortstop Didi Gregorius. The D'backs are reportedly testing the waters for potential trades involving their young talent.

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