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Olney: Drew Stubbs drawing trade interest

Nov 16, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

Drew Stubbs AP

In a column behind ESPN’s Insider paywall, Buster Olney writes that Indians outfielder Drew Stubbs is drawing trade interest from multiple teams. The 29-year-old is entering his second year of arbitration eligibility and is projected by MLB Trade Rumors to take home $3.8 million.

Although Stubbs has posted a sub-.700 OPS for three consecutive seasons, he has been a serviceable outfielder because of his versatility, plus defense, and ability to run the bases well. For a pursuing team, Stubbs would be a good fit as part of a platoon, as he carries a career OPS nearly 150 points higher against left-handers.

The Indians acquired Stubbs in December last year as part of a three-team trade involving the Indians, Reds and Diamondbacks in which current free agent Shin-Soo Choo moved downstate from Cleveland to Cincinnati.

  1. aphillieated - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Probably phillies

  2. vincentbojackson - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Stubbs should get roughly $3.8 million in arbitration. That money buys you roughly 3.8 strikeouts per game.

  3. mc1439 - Nov 17, 2013 at 4:55 AM

    Oh! Oh really Olney? Were you able to squeeze this rumor in between you cawk sucking sesssions to be the one who we praise? Buster Olney; no cawk too large to be the one in the scoop….

  4. stoutfiles - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    “For a pursuing team, Stubbs would be a good fit as part of a platoon”

    Anyone who has had Stubbs on their team knows he’s not a good fit anywhere. I’d only play him as a late game defensive replacement and only when he started playing for the league minimum. A CF who’s worthless at the plate isn’t worth keeping around.

  5. largebill - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Stubbs is a frustrating player to have on your team. He obviously is a tremendously talented athlete. Physically he has all the tools to be a star. His plate discipline & decision making is awful. He’ll have a week where he seems to figure things out and then two months where he looks lost at the plate. He’ll swing at pitches way out of the zone and then watch strike three right down the middle. Baker stuck with him too long especially at the top of the order. Francona was more judicious in using him. Probably used him more than he wanted due to Bourn’s injury absences. One things I’ll say about Stubbs is it is not about lack of effort. Runs out every grounder, occasionally forcing a bad/rushed throw (ala Sizemore) and plays great defense. Used correctly (defense, pinch runner) he can be a helpful piece to a good team.

  6. nogoodtomedead - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Wouldn’t be surprised to hear the Giants in on this- with his splits they could platoon him in left with Blanco- Giants will take speed and defense at ATT since power goes there to die and is expensive/unavailable on the market. Plus- 4 mil is nothing for their payroll.

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