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Shin-Soo Choo is patient and consistent, but could be too expensive for the Mets
Why He Makes Sense
While Chris Young was a solid low-risk signing, it far from solves the Mets corner outfield issues. Shin-Soo Choo would offer a long-term answer to the team’s outfield woes.
While Choo is a poor center fielder, he wouldn’t need to roam Citi Field’s spacious center field with both Juan Lagares and Young as superior options, and his speed would make him an above average option in a corner spot.
At GammonsDaily.com Bill Chuck discussed the benefits of signing Choo, believing that Choo was a game-changing type of talent. He used the fact that Choo was the best leadoff hitter in 2013, leading all leadoff hitters in on-base percentage.
Chuck also notes that Choo has the eighth-best on-base percentage since 2009 (behind only stars like Miguel Cabrera), and along with Andrew McCutcheon and Mike Trout was one of just three players to have an OBP of over .400, hit over 20 home runs, and steal over 20 bases in 2013.
Needless to say, Choo brings a lot offensively and fits into the Sandy Alderson model of an on-base machine.
Why He Doesn’t
Choo is a nice player, but he’s become so underrated coming into free agency that he’s become overrated, demanding a deal worth over $100 million.
Via Jay Jaffe at Sports Illustrated, Choo’s defense “bordered on comical at times,” recording 18 runs below average in defensive runs saved.
Choo also cannot hit lefties whatsoever, batting just .215 against lefties in 2013. The Mets shouldn’t spend 100 million dollars on a player if he is such a liability against a large number of pitchers in the Majors.
Choo is a nice player, and makes sense for the Mets as an on-base machine. But he is aging and has many holes in his game, too many holes for a player asking for over $100 million. Unless his price drops (which it might as the market for him could collapse), the odds the Mets sign him remain low.