Which teams will pursue Choo?
September, 10, 2013
By Joe Kaiser | ESPN.com
Cincinnati's 31-year-old outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is sure to be a popular name this winter when he tests the free agent waters for the first time in his career. Choo, who is earning $7.375 million in his first year with the Reds this season, is set to join Carlos Beltran, Curtis Granderson, Jacoby Ellsbury and Hunter Pence as the biggest outfield names available.
Choo has a number of factors that could make him appealing to just about any team in the league with the resources to sign him. For one, he takes a walk. Choo's 97 base on balls this season rank second in the MLB to teammate Joey Votto (116), and his .855 career OPS is certainly something that will get a general manager's attention. On top of that, along with Granderson and Ellsbury, he's one of the few big bats mentioned above capable of playing in center field. So which teams will pursue Choo this winter?
Here are the ones aside from Cincinnati, which would love to have him back for the right price, that are rumored to be interested or simply make a lot of sense:
- New York Mets -- Andy Martino of the NY Daily News writes today that "the chatter linking (the Mets) to Choo is spreading, both around the league and inside the organization." The Mets could certainly use Choo in right field as the long-term replacement to Marlon Byrd, but Martino reports that a source indicates they'll turn elsewhere if there's a bidding war for multi-tooled outfielder.
- Chicago Cubs -- The Cubs need to add offense, and Choo offers a potential difference-maker in that department who could get on base, drive in runs and take some pressure off of the team's young offensive core of Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo.