I still think the Cleveland Indians came out on top of the big Shin-Soo Choo trade that landed the outfielder in a Cincinnati Reds uniform. It is also clear that Choo has been a great addition to the team this year as they try to reach the MLB Postseason in as good of a position as they can. The Reds haven’t done a lot with trades or waiver deals this year but Choo is a free agent at the end of this season. Though it would be nice to have him in a Reds uniform, I believe the asking price is too high.
Rumor has it that Choo will seek a deal worth 4 years and around $60 million. I realize Choo is a good player but I think the Reds would be fooling themselves to give up that much money for Choo when they have other options. The franchise’s number one prospect Billy Hamilton is a speedster and is nearly ready for the major leagues. His looming September call-up will tell the Reds a great deal about his near future.
Even if the team decides that Hamilton isn’t ready enough to take on that full time role, there are no fewer than dozen free agent outfielders listed for this off-season in each of the three positions. In other words there are plenty of options that could bring in similar to the output that Choo has without tying up that much money for that long. They very well might go sign him anyway and see what happens. Chances are if they do he will perform well. I wouldn’t give him that much if I were them.