Shin Soo Choo Newsbeat
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Will the Mets Choo-Choo-Choose Shin?
Shin-Soo Choo’s name has arisen before as the man the Mets might spend on this winter, most notably by our John Harper several months ago. As the offseason draws closer, I can tell you that chatter linking the team to Choo is spreading, both around the league and inside the organization.
“Hearing Choo is the guy they like,” said one rival executive last week, and he isn’t the only one in the industry making that connection.
I ran that by a Mets official who has been briefed on Sandy Alderson’s thinking, and got this response: “I’m hearing that, too.”
A second Mets source said that the team liked Choo—this is no state secret, as the Cincinnati outfielder has a .425 on-base percentage this year (.389 career), with 20 home runs—but are not interested in engaging in a crazy bidding war for the 31-year-old Scott Boras client. Basically, the Mets really like the player, but are comfortable turning elsewhere if the market outpaces what they expect (this is an unsurprising public position).
If the Mets sign Choo, they would not want use him in center field, as the Reds have. Rookie Juan Lagares’ brilliant defense probably prevents the team from spending on that position, and one team source noted that Choo would fit perfectly in right field, replacing the surprising production the team received this year from Marlon Byrd, albeit with a higher OBP.
The Mets will probably look to sign or trade for a second corner outfielder. Eric Young Jr. has done well during his extended audition, but the team views him more as a fourth outfielder (and some in the organization would like to see Young at second base more often).
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