Some think that the New York Yankees were taken out of Shin-Soo Choo running when signing Jacoby Ellsbury earlier this week, but I would beg to differ. With Robinson Cano booking for the hot coffee of Seattle, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has been but in a rather tight position. Cano has been the most consistent hitter in the last five seasons, but he’s now a member of the Seattle Mariners and New York doesn’t exactly have a top-notch prospect waiting in the wings.
Instead, the Yankees would be better off filling Cano’s void with another All Star — Choo is the perfect fit. Of course, Choo would have to change positions for the second straight year, but a move back to right field shouldn’t be too difficult for No. 17. Besides, the health of Ellsbury is always in question and Choo is so versatile that he could move to center field if and when the injury-prone Ellsbury takes a dive.
On top of that, Choo can hit from nearly any spot in the lineup. Cashman is backed into a corner and one of the few ways to get out of the hole left by Cano is to continue spending money and bring the play-making Cano to the Bronx.