There’s little doubt that finding a corner outfielder is going to be the top priority for the New York Mets this offseason. According to rumors, current Cincinnati Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo could be one of their top free-agent targets, which makes a lot of sense from the Mets’ perspective.
Choo is going to be one of the most well rounded players on the free agent market this offseason. He has just about everything the Mets will be looking for in a player: power, patience, and speed, as well as the ability to hit for a good average and play good defense.
He has hit 20 home runs or more in three of the past five seasons, which isn’t high-end power, but it’s definitely more power than the Mets can count on from any of the outfielders currently on their roster. Of course, drawing walks and avoiding strikeouts are also areas where Choo excels, both of which fit in well with what the Mets covet.
Financially, Choo’s price could be too high for the Reds to retain him, but $60 million over four years is a price that the Mets could be willing to agree to. The Mets would probably prefer a three-year contract that’s closer to $10 million per year than $15 million, but considering their need for an outfielder and Choo’s steady and reliable productivity over the past five seasons, they may be willing to overpay some if he’s indeed their top free agent target.
For the first time since Sandy Alderson took over as general manger, the Mets will have a lot of money to spend this offseason. It’s a near certainty that he will sign an outfielder, and at least for the moment, Choo seems to be the most likely candidate to be that outfielder.