MLB Trade Scenarios: Potential Trade Destinations for Shin-Soo Choo
For the last several years, Cleveland Indians outfielder Shin Soo-Choo may be one of the best-kept secrets in baseball.
While Choo is not a player to build an entire ballclub around, he is extremely consistent at the plate as he has flirted with a 20/20 season every year since he became a regular in the Cleveland Indians lineup in 2008.
Choo also plays solid defense in the corner outfield spots, as he's registered double digit assists with a career-high 14 in 2010 and 16 in the past two seasons combined. It's also important to note that, in 2011, Choo had nine assists despite only playing 85 games.
Choo would be a solid addition to any team. With the Indians looking to rebuild with new manager Terry Francona, Choo will be on the open market this offseason with viable suitors that could use the soon to be 30-year-old's services.
The Phillies are in a similar situation as the Indians, as they look to rebuild after a disastrous 2012.
When the Phillies decided to sell pieces at the trade deadline, they decimated their corner outfield spots by trading Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants and Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
While the Phillies could attempt to re-sign Victorino this offseason, the more logical approach would be to go with a younger option, which Choo would fill.
As mentioned before, Choo could fill a top-of-the-order spot in the Phillies' lineup and provide solid defense in a corner outfield spot.
Where will Shin Soo-Choo be traded to this offseason?
With the Phillies rebuilding project possibly accelerated by still owning three of the best pitchers in baseball, adding Choo for a couple prospects could pay dividends to a surprising season in 2013.
The Yankees are another team that might want to get younger after being blown away by the Detroit Tigers in the 2012 American League Championship Series.
Yes, the Yankees did finish with the best record in the American League. However, their holes were glaring when their offense decided to pull a complete no-show in last year's postseason. That's where Choo would come into play.
With the Yankees unlikely to give Nick Swisher a Jayson Werth-sized contract this winter, Choo could fill in nicely for the Bronx Bombers while putting up comparable numbers.
The Yankees always seem to have a prospect or two to give up in these sort of deals as well, which would be another plus for the Indians side.
There is a good chance that Josh Hamilton will leave in free agency, and while Choo won't put up numbers anywhere near Hamilton's, he could soften the blow if Hamilton decides to leave.
The Rangers also had some weaknesses show up defensively (most notably Hamilton's dropped ball late in Game 162 against the Oakland Athletics) and Choo could help get the Rangers back to playing the fundamentally sound baseball that manager Ron Washington craves.
A trade to the Rangers would also be a dream scenario for the Indians, as they would be tapping into the top farm system in baseball. While they won't touch Jurickson Profar or Mike Olt, they could get a solid prospect that could help the Indians down the road.
In an offseason where they could lose their superstar, Choo could be a solid option for the Rangers to remain competitive.
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