Free agent OF Shin-Soo Choo is looking to exceed the seven-year, $126 million contract OF Jayson Werth signed with the Nationals before the 2011 season (Crasnick, Nov. 9).
Earlier this week, the Mets reached out to Scott Boras to express initial interest in Choo (Puma, Nov. 7).
Boras has been trying to push Choo as a $90 million player, according to a person who spoke to the agent (Puma, Nov. 7).
In early October, three league executives predicted Choo will end up signing a four- or five-year deal worth around $15 million a season (Heyman, Sept. 30), similar to contracts signed by B.J. Upton, Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher. However, last week, one GM and a player agent said he can expect to be offered six years and at least $100 million (Heyman, Nov. 5).
Michael Baron, ContributorThat’s a lot of coin for a guy like Choo. He’s over 30, depends on his legs, and is only a so-so outfielder who is really limited to the corners. If Choo can get it, good for him and I commend him for shooting for the stars as he enters free agency. But I don’t envision the Mets – or a lot of teams for that matter – showing up to the dance for a player like Choo if this is where the negotiations are going to go.
I still view Hunter Pence’s $90 million deal he signed with the Giants in September as a pretty good barometer for what Choo will ultimately get. Perhaps he will get a tad more, but it would be surprising if he got too much more than that.
Choo finished 2013 batting .285 with 21 home runs, 54 RBI, 20 stolen bases, and a team record 26 hit-by-pitches for the Reds. He also set a career high .423 OBP.
Read more: Player profile on Choo (MetsBlog)