Report: Indians sending Stubbs to Rockies
Drew Stubbs’ stay in Cleveland will only be one year according to Fox Sports MLB reporters Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi.
Per a tweet by Rosenthal, the Indians have agreed to send the 29-year-old outfielder to Colorado.
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— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 18, 2013
Rosenthal subsequently reported the return for Cleveland is Josh Outman, a left-handed reliever who struck out 53 batters in 54 innings pitched last season.
What they are giving up is a speedy outfielder who hit .233 with a .305 on-base percentage last season. He hit 10 home runs and 21 doubles and stole 17 bases while driving in 45 runs.
A University of Texas product, Stubbs was a 2006 first-round pick of the Reds, who traded him to Cleveland last season as part of a three-team deal with the Diamondbacks that included Shin-Soo Choo leaving the Indians for Cincinnati.
Stubbs is a career .239 hitter with 69 home runs, 223 RBIs and 127 stolen bases. He also has 729 strikeouts compared to 219 walks.
He led the National League in strikeouts with 205 in 2011 but also finished second in the Senior Circuit with 40 stolen bases. His 30 steals in 2012 put him ninth in the NL that season.
Stubbs’ best overall season was 2010 when he posted career highs in batting average (.255), OBP (.329), slugging (.444), OPS (.773), home runs (22) and RBIs (77).
Despite his decline in numbers in the three seasons since, Stubbs is projected to earn $3.8 million in arbitration for 2014 according to Matt Swartz of MLBtradrumors.com.