The Yankees like Shin-Soo Choo, though outfield is not their top priority, according to multiple sources (Heyman, Oct. 23).
Choo is the only elite free agent the Mets are expected to pursue this off season, a team insider said (Rubin, Sept. 27).
Boras is going to try and get at least a $100 million deal for Choo (Heyman, Sept. 30). However, 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.
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.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Oct. 10: I don’t think Sandy Alderson will overpay for Choo. The way I understand it, the Mets like him, but they are worried about his struggles against left-handed pitching. Also, he’s coming off the best year of his career, which he’s not likely to replicate. He’s 31-years-old, and his power is not likely to translate well to Citi Field. I’ve heard it, they’re open to paying him slightly more than Bourn, who signed with the Indians for four-years at $12 million a season, if they have to. This seems fair to me. I like Choo. I think he fits well, but a fifth or sixth year and a few extra million each year is pushing his value…
To read Team MetsBlog’s Player Profile of Choo, check out this post from early October.