Could Shin-Soo Choo be a fit for the Mets?

Posted: May 11, 2013 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven InmanimagesCAU5LIB3

In an article for the New York Daily News Friday, John Harper speculates that Reds centerfielder, Shin-Soo Choo, could be a fit for the Mets next season.  Choo, 30, has been a very good hitter with the Indians over the years but has really taken his offensive game to the next level after being traded to the Reds and their hitter friendly ballpark.

Choo will be a free agent after the season and with Scott Boras as his agent and the Reds at their payroll limit now, it’s unlikely the Reds will be able to get Choo the money he will be seeking.

Choo is hitting .318 with a .458 on base percentage along with seven homers through 167 plate appearances in Cincy this season.

Choo has been terrible in center field this season defensively though and would be a corner outfielder with the Mets. He would be brought in here for his bat anyway not his outfield defense.imagesCADQ3WP8

Choo profiles more as a right fielder with his excellent throwing arm.

Choo would fit the Mets as a corner outfielder who could hit leadoff. When Sandy Alderson is looking for outfield help this winter, he will be looking for guys with power and a good on base percentage, which fits Choo exactly.

The problem here is Choo will be 31 in July and could command a four or five year deal worth more than 10 million a season.

“I’d bet on him being a Met next season,” one major league exec with past ties to GM Sandy Alderson told Harper. “He’s a high on-base percentage guy, which is what Sandy wants, and he’s a really good hitter. If they’re going to sign a free-agent outfielder, it’s going to be a pretty thin outfield class. I don’t really think Choo can play center field long-term, and his power won’t play like it does in Cincinnati’s ballpark, but he’s a clutch hitter who would be a major upgrade for the Mets.”

I believe the Mets plan this winter is to acquire two outfielders, one in a trade and one in free agency. I don’t think they have the money or prospects to get two outfielders the same way but could they sign Choo and make a trade for another bat? Possibly and we will have to wait and see…

  1. Mike Davis says:

    Yes please! A high OBP guy that leads off, had 20/20 ability, sounds like a good fit. 3 or 4 year deal I think would be the best option, as he is 30 now…Duda in left, Choo in right, hopefully get a quality fielding CF, and that sounds good to me.

    Thoughts on Niese’s struggles?

    • Steven Inman says:

      Completely agree with you on Choo Mike. I’d give him a 3 year deal. As for Niese, he’s been dealing with back stiffness along with some issues with his mechanics. His mechanics could be off because it seems like he has been given extra rests due to weather issues. He’ll figure it out its spots 3-5 in the rotation I’m worried about.

  2. Mike Davis says:

    Hefner actually doesn’t scare me as much as the other spots…I don’t know what to think of Marcum. I’ve always been a fan, but this year is an abomination. Wheeler and Montero give me hope though. A staff of Harvey, Wheeler, Niese, Montero, Syndergaard is a beautiful thought for a future staff.

    Moving away from pitching, Ike looks beyond lost. He looks like he’s on Jupiter and we’re on Earth. Flawed swing being exploited big time, no approach…is there anything short of a miracle that you think can fix him?

    • Steven Inman says:

      Yeah he’s clearly struggling under Dave Hudgens hitting philosophy of taking so many pitches. And he’s gotta move closer to the plate. I think he’ll get it going eventually. If they sent him down and moved Duda to first, who plays outfield then? Gotta just ride it out with him and hope for the best.

  3. […] would be a very good option for one of those spots. I specualted that Choo would be a Mets target here back in May. Stay tuned this winter for more on the Mets quest to add […]

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