In a post to Twitter, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer says OF Shin-Soo Choo loves it in Cincinnati, and Reds players are “working on him” to remain with the Reds after this season.
However, given the Reds large and lengthy commitments to several players already on the roster, it remains to be seen if Cincinnati extends Choo beyond this season, opines Jeff Todd of MLB Trade Rumors.
In a recent report for CBS Sports, Jon Heyman said the Mets have recently discussed the possibility of signing Choo this winter.
Choo can become a free agent after the 2013 season.
Michael Baron, ContributorSept. 12: 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.
Statistics and information on Shin-Shoo Choo...
Stats: Choo, 30, is hitting .283 with a .423 OBP and .884 OPS, 21 home runs and 52 RBI with 18 stolen bases in 29 attempts, 109 walks and 131 strikeouts in 687 plate appearances over 148 games in 2013.
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.