The Arizona Diamondbacks are going to have to make several upgrades in the offseason if they want to get back atop one of the more competitive divisions in baseball. In order to do that, who is one player the Diamondbacks must sign in MLB free agency in the ensuing months?
Anyone who watched Arizona play in 2013 understands one thing: there needs to be at least one power bat in the outfield. Let’s face it the power comes from first base and the outfield in the National League. Apparently, the Diamondbacks never got that memo because all seven players that suited up in the outfield the past season combined for just 24 home runs and 182 RBI in 1,941 at-bats.
The good news for Arizona is that there is a way to instantly change all of that with the signing of one player. Shin-Soo Choo is someone that must be on the Diamondbacks’ radar. He is someone that the organization must contact as soon as they can in order to convince him Arizona is the place to be. Considering the Cincinnati Reds will most likely be unable to re-sign him due to insufficient funds gives the Diamondbacks that much more of a chance to reel him in.
One big issue Arizona will face is the fact that Choo is looking for a $100 million contract. On the bright side, the slugger would be worth every penny.
Choo had one of the best seasons of his career. It is true that his RBI numbers were not where they typically have been, but that is going to happen when a player is the leadoff hitter. The area of focus needs to be on how productive he was in the leadoff role.
The fact that he ranked in the top-five among MLB center fielders in batting average, doubles, total bases, walks, on-base percentage and numerous other offensive categories proves just how good he truly was at the plate. He also continuously made great defensive plays in the outfield, which is a direct result of his .989 fielding percentage in 361 total chances.
Overall, Choo batted .285 with 21 home runs, 54 RBI, 34 doubles, 20 stolen bases and a career-high 112 walks in 569 at-bats.
Obviously, the power is what will intrigue the Diamondbacks to sign him, but his ability to be one of the best leadoff hitters in baseball should be the icing on the cake.