There’s no doubt that Cincinnati Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo will be high on the wish list of the New York Mets this offseason, and the team hasn’t done anything to deny their interest in the free-agent outfielder. However, is it possible that even this early in the offseason before teams can get serious about signing free agents Choo is too expensive for the Mets to go after?
Choo has seemingly the perfect skill set to match the Mets’ needs this offseason. He has the power that they desperately need, he would continue to give them quality defensive play in their outfield, and he has a high on-base percentage which is something Sandy Alderson’s front office covets. He’s someone the Mets could be willing to give $15 million per year for as many as four or five years, which would probably be the most they’d be willing to give a free agent at this point.
However, rumors and speculation suggest that Choo could field offers close, if not exceeding, $100 million. If that’s the case, would the Mets be able to stay in contention to sign him or would they have to give up on Choo without being able to make a serious offer to him?
It’s not that Choo wouldn’t be worth a $100 million contract to the Mets; that’s an issue that could be up for debate, but the Mets simply have far too many needs to address this offseason and too much work to do to commit that much money to one player. The Mets have to completely overhaul their roster this offseason, and if Choo is going to take up a significant chunk of the money they have available then they can’t afford to sign him.