Choo started slow at the plate last year as he did the prior year too. Some casual fans may be questioning the move after he misplays a couple in center early and is struggling some at the plate.
Donald has usually failed to impress in the many chances he has been given, but he will be an improvement no doubt in the utility spot for the Reds.
Cleveland is good about trading for young starters and realizing later they are better off in the pen. Bauer though is different. He has 4 or 5 above average pitches and is young, stubborn, but young enough to gain the control (which he showed more of in college).
Originally Posted by M2
All right, predictions:
Reds - Choo's bat is as advertised. He'll have a shaky April in the field, leading some to insist his dWAR is -1,000,000, but he'll get the hang of things and play steady out there for the rest of the season. Jason Donald turns out to be one of those sneaky good utility players, the kind the Cardinals are always pulling out of their hat.
Indians - Bauer fights control issues all season and speculation arises that he might need to make a bullpen conversion. Stubbs' flaws continue to overwhelm his strengths and he gets non-tendered after the season. Fat Matt Albers (he of the nickname announcers dare not speak out loud) pitches well enough and gets dealt away this summer. Shaw serves as a bullpen innings eater.
DBacks - Gregorius' glove proves ready, but he struggles at the plate. Cliff Pennington gets most of the SS work in 2013. Sipp gives the team a working LOOGY. Anderson settles into his career as a AAA 1B.