After signing Michael Bourn to a multi-year deal, the Indians are most likely to trade Drew Stubbs, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Brian ErniStubbs has gaps in his game; he strikes out a ton and doesn’t walk a lot. Last year’s .213/.277/.333 line was pretty abysmal by any standard, and not exactly ideal for a guy the Mets might want to slot towards the top of the order. It’s worth noting he did battle an oblique injury throughout the summer. But despite the subpar 2012, Stubbs could fill some glaring needs. Last season,the Mets struggled mightily against left handed pitching, and for all his shortcomings, hitting lefties wasn’t Stubbs’ problem in ’12 (.283 with seven home runs in 138 at bats vs. .186 with seven homers in 355 at bats against righties). With the pop he has in his bat, and the ability to play above average defense in center, I think he has the potential to be a nice add to the current outfield mix. Is he flawed? Sure, but there is no perfect fit available right now, and the Mets might need to roll the dice on a wild card.
Statistics and information on Drew Stubbs...
Stats: In 136 games for the Reds in 2012, Stubbs, 28, hit .213 with a .277 OBP and .613 OPS, 14 home runs and 40 RBI with 42 walks and 166 strikeouts in 544 plate appearances.
Contract: Stubbs will earn $2.8 million in 2013, his first year of arbitration eligibility.