National baseball writers weigh in on the Indians’ trade


The Indians’ three-team, nine-player trade was the biggest news in the baseball world on Tuesday night, as the Tribe acquired young right-handed starting pitcher Trevor Bauer, and relievers Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw from the Arizona Diamondbacks, as well as outfielder Drew Stubbs from the Cincinnati Reds.

The Reds acquired Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald from the Indians in return, and sent young shortstop Didi Gregorious to the Diamonbacks, who also received Tony Sipp and Lars Anderson from the Indians. After news of the trade broke, many prominent national baseball journalists weighed in on the potential impact of the trade. A selection of their tweets and stories are below:

Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

love the #indians part of this deal. bauer and stubbs. great job.

Jerry Crasnick ‏@jcrasnick

I’m with @keithlaw: Really liked what #indians did in trade. Thought #reds did well to get Choo.

keithlaw ‏@keithlaw

Love it. “@Buster_ESPN: The Indians are going to get Bauer in the deal with the Diamondbacks.”

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

The Indians need arms. And they get a good arm in Trevor Bauer, who was the No. 3 overall pick in 2011.

Buster Olney@Buster_ESPN

It really is amazing that the Indians ended up with Trevor Bauer essentially in return for a one-year rental, Shin-Soo Choo.

Chris Rose ‏@ChrisRose

Cleveland fan overload right now. @indians huge trade w @Reds @dbacks and @cavs up late @lakers. Head about to explode!!

Rob Neyer – SBNation

“Each of the three clubs is receiving one linchipin. The Indians: pitching prospect Trevor Bauer. The Reds: star outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. The Diamondbacks: shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius.”

“It’s a fascinating deal, because all three of the linchpins are completely different sorts of players…The Indians need arms, and Bauer’s a great start.”

What are your thoughts on the Tribe’s big trade?

— TribeVibe Contributor Max Lom


you guys are a piece of work bad deal

Choo will have his best year ever w/ people around to protect him. The reds will either go to the playoffs w/ him or trade him at the dead line.

The Indians are still a small market team, a kind of minor league team, that cannot keep a star player once he qualifies for free agency. If Bauer turns out to be a Satbathia or a Lee, he’ll go where they did, or Thome, or Chambliss, or Nettles etc. A many decades long sad process of watching ex-Indians play in the World Series for other teams. The income disparity of baseball, where the local TV contract is EVERYTHING, is heartless and cruel.

Hate to be the stick in the mud here, but… the Indians are more in need of dependable hitters than arms. But if Stubbs can hit for average and play a decent OF, then it’s pretty decent.

I only hope the Tribe remembers how to hit the ball next year.

I HATE it that the Indians traded away Choo, and sent Hannahan away as well.
My little boy is devastated!

We are devastated that the Indians traded away Choo to the Reds. Sad for the loss of Hannahan as well. Still holding our breath that Asdrubal Cabrera will remain with them.


Love, love, love this deal. This has the potential to be Anotnetti’s Bartolo trade!

Bully Hockey. Choo will go on to be a super star with Cincy,,,, The Indians are still tearing down

wouldn’t need “arms” if they hadn’t made the trade for Ubaldo Jiminez

The tribe made a good deal. Stubs is a gamer. Stubb is a tough out. He is speedy. Dependable in the outfield. And they got a great pitching prospect to boot!

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