Baseball may be four months away while the NFL playoff race is heating up, but that isn’t keeping the Cincinnati Reds from being the talk of the town. The Cleveland Indians, Reds, and Arizona Diamondbacks are finishing up a three-team deal that would send outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds, and in return, Cincinnati would send outfielder Drew Stubbs and shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius to Cleveland. There are reports out now that the deal is done, and for the second-straight offseason, the Reds are making a blockbuster deal that will have them contending for a World Series tile next year after dropping a hard fought five-game series to the eventual World Series Champion San Francisco Giants.
In 2012, Choo hit .282 with 88 runs, 43 doubles, two triples, 16 homers and 67 RBI. He was even better was as a leadoff hitter (something that killed the Reds last season), hitting .310 with 33 doubles, 12 homers, 42 RBI and 68 runs in 99 starts. Make sure to check Jon Heyman’s twitter for the latest on the trade.
When the Bengals head to Philly to play the Eagles on Thursday night football, they’ll be facing their fourth rookie QB this year. In Marvin Lewis’ 10 seasons in Cincinnati, the Bengals are 8-10 when facing a rookie QB and 2-2 this season.
The Packers worked out former Bengals and current free agent DE Jonathan Fanene today. Fanene has drawn scant interest since knee surgery ended his brief career with the Patriots.