On a day when Josh Hamilton made a surprise move, the Cincinnati Reds added to their collection of former Indians.
The Reds signed former Tribe and Erie SeaWolves third baseman Jack Hannahan Thursday to a two-year, $4 million deal. Hannahan, a great defensive player, will be used in an infield utility role. Todd Frazier likely will start at third.
The Hannahan signing comes two days after Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald were traded to the Reds in a three-team deal. The Indians did well for themselves by acquiring Drew Stubbs and Trevor Bauer, one of baseball’s most promising young starters.
Bauer, the third overall pick in the 2011 draft, has the potential to be an ace in a hurry. He went 12-2 with a 2.42 ERA in the minors last season before getting a quick call-up to the D’backs. He went 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA in four starts for Arizona, but his journey in the majors is just beginning.
The Indians likely have bulked up in the power department with the additions of Stubbs and Mark Reynolds, but the strikeouts could be an issue now. Reynolds and Stubbs are notorious whiff artists. Hopefully, a change of scenery will help to improve their plate vision.