It is being reported that the New York Yankees have been discussing going after Shin-Soo Choo in their organizational meetings. He is another big name that the Yanks have been linked to, along with Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran, in an offseason in which they are supposedly going to be major players.
Choo is coming off a solid year with the Cincinnati Reds and is being sought after by a number of teams, so saying the Yankees are interested is just that nothing in stone yet. But he is a reliable player who hits for average, has some power, and good speed. He can be depended upon to get 20 stolen bases a year, something the Yankees could always use, especially if their power numbers don’t climb back to where they were in 2012.
However, Choo is not even close to a top priority. Obviously, Robinson Cano is target number one, and I believe their pitching staff should come second on their list of obligations. The Yankees already have enough outfielders on the roster, albeit some are in their late 30s and on their way out, but Choo should not be pursued too aggressively.
If signed, he would be a welcome addition because of all the things he brings to the table, most notably his on-base-percentage which was second in the National League. The Yankees always covet players who can get on base — that is why they acquired Nick Swisher back in 2009 — and this is one of Choo’s best attributes. None of the Yankees’ outfielders had an OBP above .350 this past year, so Choo would be a huge boost in that category. Still, because of how many possible suitors he has, the Yankees shouldn’t go into a bidding war for him with the other six or seven teams interested.