Danny Knobler at CBS Sports broke the news about an hour ago that the Reds are in the advanced stages of trade discussions with Cleveland. The Reds would trade Drew Stubbs and DiDi Gregorius for Shin Soo Choo. The report says the Reds would play Choo in centerfield, where he hasn’t played much recently.

The Reds would use Choo in center field even though he hasn’t played there for the Indians since 2009 and has played just ten MLB games at the position in total.  The Reds are banking on the 30-year-old’s offensive production being able to make up for whatever they might lose defensively.  The veteran owns a  .289/.381/.465 slash line across eight major league seasons.

The rumor was confirmed a few minutes ago by Jon Paul Morosi at Fox Sports.

Update: Possible three-team deal with Arizona. Gregorius to the Diamondbacks. Per Paul Hoynes of the CPD:

3 team dealing cooking among #Indians, Reds, Arizona. Shin-Soo Choo headed to Cincy. Asdrubal Cabrera not involved as of right now.

Update 2: John Fay tweets it’s “all but complete”

I’ve been out of pocket all day. Just confirmation that the Gregorius and Stubbs trade for Choo is all but complete.

Update 3: Ken Rosenthal tweets the second player the Reds will receive is Jason Donald

Three-team trade, per source, will look like this: Choo, Jason Donald to #Reds, Gregorius to #Diamondbacks, Stubbs, AZ pitcher to #Indians.

Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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  1. @rfay00: Really good question. I think there’s a chance Leake gets considered for the pen, too. Maybe a trade. Lots of teams look for bullpen help during spring training. Maybe we wait and make sure everyone is healthy. See Madson, Massett and Bray (circa March 2012).

  2. @redsfanman: We have Redmond for a backup starter. Ondrusek would go 3 innings see how he likes to rack up the pitches.

    • @rfay00: I thought Redmond was trade bait back when I expected the Reds to trade Leake or Bailey for a leadoff hitter. Well, that’s not happening. I think Redmond is now even more likely than ever to be traded.

      He was acquired for Paul Janish and hopefully they can trade up for a better utility infielder for the bench. It seems unlikely that they’d turn to him with so many better pitchers.

  3. @Steve Mancuso: Yeah, but keep in mind that ended up leading to one of the best bullpens if not the best in the majors.

  4. I’d like a link to the 7-9 players comment. Hoynes has nothing on twitter resembling that.

  5. There’s no way the D-Backs are trading Bauer for Didi so more players have to be in the deal.

  6. I think this trade means that they are pretty high on Brodie at SS. He seems to read like Cozart’s bio 3 years ago

    • I think this trade means that they are pretty high on Brodie at SS.He seems to read like Cozart’s bio 3 years ago

      I think it just means that they’re still high on Cozart and winning in 2013. I expects it moves Brodie Green up the depth chart like Neftali Soto did after Yonder Alonso was traded. Somebody gets promoted to the ‘_______ of the future’ title by default when a blocked guy gets traded. I doubt many Reds fans have ever heard of Brodie or that this means anything for his future.

  7. Maybe Tanner Rahier has the front office excited? He’s now the best shortstop prospect in the system. And he’s projected to move off either to third if his power develops or to second if he’s just going to be a scrappy player.

    • Maybe Tanner Rahier has the front office excited? He’s now the best shortstop prospect in the system. And he’s projected to move off either to third if his power develops or to second if he’s just going to be a scrappy player.

      It seems to me that maybe the front office is high on Cozart. I don’t think this team is worried about 2016.

  8. DONE DEAL PER HEYMAN

  9. @JonHeymanCBS: choo goes to #reds. done deal.

  10. “A lot more” according to Heyman…uh oh

  11. new thread on the trade

  12. @sezwhom1: I hope this gives a new meaning to ‘The Reds just got Stubbs going …’

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Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky's Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve's thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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