Shin-Soo Choo will be the Mets big free agent target this winter

Posted: September 13, 2013 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inmanimages

In a move that makes a lot of sense multiple reports have the Mets very interested in Free Agent Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and are making him their #1 free agent target. Choo, 31, is finishing up a strong year in Cincinnati where he is unlikely to return in 2014. Choo will have plenty of free agent bidders including the Cubs and the Mets. Choo is represented by Scott Boras, doesn’t hit lefties and is on the wrong side of 30 for a baseball player, so he isn’t the perfect target but may be the most logical target for the Mets.

I believe their is a good chance the Mets end up with Choo. He has already come out and said he wants “Jason Bay” type money. (Why he gave that comparison I’ll never know) I don’t think he deserves that kind of money but in a very weak free agent market, especially for bats he might get a deal in the four year $60 million range.

Choo has a WAR of a 5 win player this year which is just outstanding with 20 homers and a MLB high .424 on base percentage. He’s a Sandy Alderson type player, he gets on base a lot and he has some pop.

If the Mets brought in Choo it would be to play right field not center. Choo has really struggled with his adjustment to center but he has a great throwing arm and could be a very good right fielder and leadoff option for the Mets in 2014. The Mets will try to bring in two outfielders this winter and Choo 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 Choo.

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