Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo’s wish to join a winning team was granted on Tuesday after the Cleveland Indians traded him to the Cincinnati Reds in a three-team trade involving nine players.
The Reds want Choo to bat leadoff and play center, according to the Associated Press.
“We think Choo can fill the missing parts in our lineup both offensively and defensively,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said in a statement. “He is an exciting player, and we expect him to set the table.”
Choo was one of the Cleveland’s best players since joining the team in 2006 after being signed by the Seattle Mariners out of high school. The 30-year-old from Busan, South Korea holds a career batting average of .289 to go along with 83 home-runs.
The Indians had no option but to make the trade, after Choo rejected several contract extension offers as he was entering the final year of his contract. In exchange for Choo, the Indians acquired pitching prospect Trevor Bauer from the Arizona Diamondbacks.