Astros could consider signing Shin-Soo Choo

Shin-Soo Choo 1 polaroidThe Astros might consider signing OF Shin-Soo Choo this winter, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

“I would say the payroll could go to $50-$60 [million] very quickly, and if this [TV situation] gets resolved, it could go higher,” Crane said, according to Heyman.

Still, Heyman says he would be surprised if Houston signed Choo, since the Mets, Rangers and Cubs are all interested in the soon-to-be free agent outfielder.

Earlier this month, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York said Choo is the only top-tiered free agent the Mets are expected to pursue during this off-season, based on conversations with team sources. And, while Heyman said last month the Mets have discussed signing Choo this winter, it remains to be seen if they will give him what may need to be $100 million.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Choo is represented by Scott Boras, so there is little doubt he will try and get as many teams as possible in on the bidding.

Even so, it’s still early. In fact, Choo (and any pending free agent) can’t even declare free agency yet, let alone talk with other clubs about a possible new contract. I’m not going to get too hung up on who might or might not make a play for Choo just yet. it’s fair to conclude there will be a lot of interest in Choo, and the process will take a while to play itself out. The deal Hunter Pence signed for six-years and $90 million is a logical barometer to gauge Choo’s next contract, but it remains to be seen how a qualifying offer will impact Choo’s markets, given his deficiencies relative to the required draft pick compensation to sign him.