The value of a player like Shin-Soo Choo is not something you would have to explain to the Cincinnati Reds. They know what he does with the bat, on the bases and with his glove that helps the team each and every time he is on the field. They still know better than to get in a bidding war for his services however and they are absolutely right to offer a qualifying offer and nothing more. They might as well plan on spending that $14.1M elsewhere because there is no way Choo will come back for that.
Well, that might be slightly overstated. Who knows what Choo would be willing to do? It really isn’t up to him because he is a Scott Boras client. That means that Choo is going to the highest bidder, whether they are a winner or not. It doesn’t matter where they are in relation to where Choo wants to be or whether or not he will even be happy there. All that matters to Boras is getting the most money and continuing to ruin the game of baseball. See how simple that is?
But that is okay Reds fans because as good as Choo was, you don’t need him. The Reds have a hot young star coming through the minors and he is so good that even after only a few starts everyone already knows Billy Hamilton’s name. He isn’t on the level of Choo quite yet but don’t be shocked at what he does for the Reds this year that Choo couldn’t have. Besides that fact, at least the Reds will get a compensation draft pick between the first and second rounds from this. That makes losing Choo even more okay.