Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Should Rangers trade for Shin-Soo Choo?
By Richard Durrett
FanGraphs.com's Dave Cameron, writing for ESPN.com (insider) thinks so. He came out with his five AL deals that need to happen and included the Rangers trading for Cleveland outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. His deal: Tanner Scheppers and Mitch Moreland go to Cleveland in return for the outfielder. Part of Cameron's thoughts:
Choo would give them a patient left-handed stick whose gap power would play up in the heat, and could slide between RF and DH, depending on Nelson Cruz's health. His weakness against lefties means that they could use his spot to slide Profar in, getting him some playing time even if he's not slotted for an everyday job out of spring training. And because he's entering the final year of his contract, they wouldn't have to part with any of their best prospects to get him. The Indians would save roughly $8 million (depending on what Choo gets in his final trip through arbitration) and would add two interesting young players to their big league roster, so it's a move that could be a win-win for both sides.
You can read about that potential trade and others here (as long as you've got an insider account).
I like the idea of having Choo, though it's not a long-term solution unless he signs a multi-year deal with Texas. I wonder if Scheppers and Moreland is actually too high a price to pay, actually, for a player in his final year of arbitration, though Choo will probably have several suitors. But Choo would give the club some depth in the outfield assuming Josh Hamilton doesn't return.
Would you make that deal? Would the Indians make that deal?