The Arizona Diamondbacks continued their wheeling-and-dealing winter, acquiring a shortstop and two other players in a three-team trade Tuesday night.
Arizona picked up shortstop Didi Gregorius
, infielder Lars Anderson
and left-hander Tony Sipp
. The Cleveland Indians emerged with right-handers Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers
and Bryan Shaw
as well as outfielder Drew Stubbs
. Cincinnati got outfielder Shin-Soo Choo
, infielder Jason Donald
Multiple media reports indicated that the Diamondbacks sought Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, but they instead got Gregorius to fill the position.
Gregorius, 22, made his major league debut with the Reds in September, and he went 6-for-20 (.300) in eight major league games. In 129 games between Double-A and Triple-A this year, he hit .265 with a .324 on-base percentage, seven homers and 54 RBI.
Anderson, 25, was formerly a top prospect in the Boston Red Sox's farm system, but he was dealt to Cleveland for a minor league pitcher this summer after his stock declined. He played a total of 30 major league games for Boston over three seasons, hitting .167 with no homers and four RBI.
Sipp, 29, appeared 63 times out of the Cleveland bullpen this season, going 1-2 with a 4.42 ERA. He limited left-handers to a .209 batting average.
Previously this offseason, Arizona pulled off a three-team trade with the A's and Miami Marlins that brought in reliever Heath and shortstop Cliff Pennington while sending center fielder Chris Young to Oakland. The Diamondbacks also sent third baseman Ryan Wheeler to the Colorado Rockies for left-hander Matt Reynolds, and they signed infielder/outfielder Eric Hinske, third baseman Eric Chavez and right-hander Brandon McCarthy as free agents.
Choo, 30, is the key piece for the Reds, who likely will make him their center fielder and leadoff man. His 2012 stats with Indians were fairly representative of his major league career, as he hit .283 with an impressive .373 on-base percentage, 16 homers, 67 RBI and 21 stolen bases.
Choo, who made $4.9 million last season, is arbitration-eligible this winter. He has been a right fielder almost exclusively in Cleveland, and he will be eligible for free agency following the 2013 season.
Bauer, 21, was selected third overall by the Diamondbacks in the 2011 draft. In 22 minor league starts last season, he went 12-2 with a 2.42 ERA. He also made four starts for Arizona, finishing 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA.
Stubbs, 28, has seen his batting average fall annually since his debut with Cincinnati in 2009. He hit .213 with a .277 on-base percentage, 14 homers, 40 RBI and 30 steals in 136 games for the Reds this year.
Albers, 29, pitched for both Boston and Arizona in 2012, finishing a combined 3-1 with a 2.39 ERA in 63 relief appearances.
Also joining the Cleveland bullpen is Shaw, 25. Over 64 relief appearances for Arizona this year, Shaw went 1-6 with two saves and a 3.49 ERA.
Donald, 28, arrived in Cleveland in the July 29 trade that sent Cliff Lee to the Philadelphia Phillies. In parts of three seasons with the Indians, Donald hit a combined .257 with a .309 on-base percentage, seven homers and 43 RBI in 170 games.
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