Even though the Cincinnati Reds are surely happy with the production they have received from outfielder Shin-Soo Choo this season, he will probably be worth a big payday on the free agent market this winter. The Reds are a finely built team but are not without their share of free agents. That means they’ll have a few areas to spend money and will need to choose where that money should be spent. Young speedster Billy Hamilton luckily burst onto the scene and makes it perfectly clear that he is capable of handling the MLB outfield job.
That really should be about it for Choo. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Reds sent him a qualifying offer because everyone knows he probably is going elsewhere. Some rumors already have him landing in a Chicago Cubs uniform while the New York Mets might need to throw their hats in the ring as well. That should all settle fine for the Reds. They’ll just watch Choo turn down their qualifier and watch Hamilton emerge as a freakishly dangerous baseball player over the course of his first full season.
It really is nothing negative for Choo. Though I still believe the Cleveland Indians get the most out of that major trade in the long term, the Reds are certainly seeing plenty of proof that Choo is worth that big payday. The only issue with them is that the young man coming along behind Choo might actually be better than a few legends if he stays healthy for a few decades, he is certainly more explosive than Choo now and that is not a small comment to make. Choo will land somewhere making a lot of money and playing very well but it probably will not be with the Reds.