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Did the Indians choose wisely in their latest pitching deal?

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Cleveland IndiansThe Cleveland Indians finally decided to join the Hot Stove party on Tuesday, dealing right fielder Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati in a three-team, nine-player trade.

When it was all done and dusted, the Tribe ended up with pitchers Trevor Bauer (the third overall pick in the 2011 draft), Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw from Arizona, along with center field Drew Stubbs from the Reds.

The Indians have received almost universal approval for the deal – ESPN’s Buster Olney referred to the deal as “stunning” – but when one team is presented as clearly being on the “winning” side of a trade, it gives us pause.

And there are still a lot of questions surrounding the players the Indians received in return, even if the team wants fans to believe otherwise.

We start looking for answers at The Cleveland Fan.

(Photo by USA Today)

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