Re: Reds acquire Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald for Drew Stubbs and Didi Gregorious
My two cents:
Like the trade, but I do have concerns. I hate giving up Gregorious, but understand it. I think he's going to be a very good major league shortstop for a lot of years and those guys are tremendously valuable. Trading one for a one-year rental (if that's what this ends up being) is risky. I'm not nearly as high on Cozart as most here.
I'm not wild about compromising defense up the middle, but I also trust Jocketty enough to believe he wouldn't try it if he and his scouts did not feel Choo could handle the position. So, I'm giving the Reds and Choo the benefit of the doubt.
Having said that, it's safe to say the Reds have downgraded defensively at two positions -- center and third. The offense will have to make up for those extra runs allowed.
Having said all that, I'm excited for what it will mean in 2013. Choo is exactly what this team needed at the top of the order.