The Mets have discussed signing soon-to-be free agent OF Shin-Soo Choo this winter, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
“As an excellent corner outfielder with a big on-base percentage, he actually looks like a perfect fit, and Mets people have indeed have discussed him internally at length,” Heyman wrote.
Heyman says the Mets feel comfortable moving forward with Juan Lagares in centerfield, and are unlikely to pursue either Robinson Cano or Jacoby Ellsbury this winter, making Choo the Mets’ biggest target heading into the off-season.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead WriterPosted Sept. 10: I’d say there is a good chance the Mets end up with Choo. He’s the only player I’ve heard mentioned as a realistic possibility. Insiders predict he could end up getting a four-year deal worth around $10 million a season, which is similar to what Michael Bourn got last winter from the Indians. Alderson was ready to spend that much on Bourn, but balked when it meant giving up a draft pick. It’s looking like the Mets will likely have their pick protected this year. So, with more money to spend this winter, the same holes and a better fit, it’s reasonable to think this could be a match.
Michael Baron, ContributorUpdated from Sept. 10: Choo would fill a number of needs for the Mets. Contrary to what Heyman writes, he projects more as a below-average corner outfielder, but has become a very good leadoff guy. He gets on-base a ton and has good speed, although he’s been thrown out 11 times in stolen base attempts this year. Still, the Mets don’t exactly have those attributes for the top of their order. However, as was the case with Michael Bourn in February, the Mets need to be careful about committing the bulk of a potential contract to a player who largely depends on his speed for success and is on the bad side of 30.
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Stats: In 140 games with the Reds this season, Choo, 31, has hit .290 with a .424 OBP and .892 OPS, 20 home runs and 48 RBI in 652 plate appearances.
Contract: Choo signed a one-year, $7.4 million contract with the Reds to avoid arbitration this past winter. He can become a free agent after the season.
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