Here’s the rundown from Paul Hoynes.
If you clear the riffraff, the trade boils down to Choo for Bauer. The other three guys the Indians picked up are a pair of flamethrowing relievers — useful but fungible — and Drew Stubbs. Drew Stubbs is a terrible, terrible hitter but supposedly a fine center fielder. The defensive statistics suggest that, until last year, he was well above average.
Bauer is the key to deal. Apparently, Arizona doesn’t like his mechanics, which is disconcerting. Still, he’s shot through their system quickly, and his minor league stats look pretty good. Was it worth a year of Choo?
I think so. Choo almost certainly wouldn’t have re-signed. He’ll get a huge raise from some lucky team in a year. The Indians badly needed pitching help, and Bauer has all sorts of potential. My gut reaction is cautious optimism.