CLEVELAND - Multiple sources reported that the Indians, Reds and Diamondbacks are talking.
A source told sports director Andy Baskin that a deal could happen Tuesday night, and would involve the Indians and two other teams.
According to Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer, all-star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is not involved in the deal. Cabrera was rumored in the winter meetings last week to be part of a deal to the D-Backs.
Last week, Matt Loede of 92.3 The Fan reported, the Indians had their eyes on two Arizona pitching prospects, Tyler Scaggs and Trevor Bauer. No word on if those two pitchers are the subject of current trade talks or what the Tribe may give up.
The Indians have yet to talk about the official signing of infielder Mark Reynolds, but it hasn’t stopped rumors about other players on the team getting moved in possible deals. His announcement is also expected to be made Tuesday night.
Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com is reporting that the Indians and the Reds are in talks that would send Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati. In exchange, the Indians would receive center fielder Drew Stubbs and shortstop Didi Gregorius, as well as another player.
Stubbs would probably move to right field to take Choo’s place. Last season, in 136 games, he hit .213 with 14 homers and 40 RBI. He is a career .241 hitter, with 59 homers and 178 RBI.
The 22-year-old Gregorius played eight games with the Reds last season and could add possible depth if the team winds up moving Cabrera.
The Reds would use Choo in center field and as their leadoff man, despite Choo not playing in center since 2009. The Indians remain in the hunt for Nick Swisher, and he could round out the outfield if the team can ink him.
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