Sep 24, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds center fielder Shin-Soo Choo bats in a game against the New York Mets at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Rubin: Mets Won’t Exceed Four Years For Choo

During his chat this afternoon, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York had the following to say about the Mets and their potential pursuit of pending free agent Shin-Soo Choo:

Scott Boras is going to ask for a five- or six-year deal, and the Mets are not going to touch that. I’m led to believe the Mets likely won’t go beyond what they were willing for Michael Bourn. And that’s four years.

Later in the chat, Rubin addressed the subject of Choo again:

They’re not going beyond three or four years on Choo, I firmly believe, so I don’t know how fruitful their pursuit of him will be anyway.

If Rubin’s source is being honest and is accurate, and the Mets don’t plan to guarantee more than four years for Choo, one would have to believe that the chances of the Mets landing him are minimal.

There’s always the possibility that the Mets could offer Choo a four year deal with a fifth year option.  However, considering the lack of quality free agents out there and how valuable Choo is (offensively speaking), it’s highly likely that there’s a team out there willing to guarantee a fifth year in order to land him.

Choo is an interesting case.  The Mets are in need of starting outfielders and offensive punch – and Choo would fill both of those needs.

Choo’s defense, though, is a negative.  Regardless of what his agent Scott Boras says, Choo is a poor defender.  He’s been rated as one of the worst outfielders in all of baseball over the last few seasons.  What the Mets would be getting on offense, they’d be giving up on defense.

Back to the offense…

With a career average of .288 and a career OBP of .389 (to go along with roughly 20 homers and 4o doubles per year), Choo would be a tremendous fit for the Mets in the leadoff spot.  What needs to be pointed out, is that he’ll turn 32 next July and is close to anemic against left handed pitching.  The team that signs Choo won’t be paying for what he’ll be over the next handful of years, they’ll be paying for the years where he’s already excelled.

I don’t believe that Choo will fall off the map in one fell swoop.  However, as players get older, their skills erode.  Choo has already exited his prime.  Guaranteeing Choo four years is a risk, but it’s a smaller risk than handing him five or six years guaranteed.

We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out, but the even money is on someone sucking it up and giving Choo the fifth (or sixth) guaranteed year that would end the bidding.


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  • Ken Meoni

    I would really like to see a real power hitter in the outfield. Enough with all the OBP stuff. Plus he will not hit as many HR’s in Citi. Plus we lose our first round pick. I say trade for an outfielder with power. We already have weak hitting, great fielding outfielders.

    Other things, Trade Ike. Get rid of Collins. Get rid of SA and hire JP as GM. As much as I didn’t want Collins as manager, the way SA let him hang until the end of the year just wasn’t right. If it were me, I would have told SA to stick the job. This could be why Collins made excessive moves in game to try to prove his worth as a manager, instead of doing things the right way……….or maybe not.

    • Brian Reilly

      Love your comments Ken, and while you’re showing Ike the door, have Duda join him. I say we work on enticing Cano to sign with us by paying him first and letting him know he’ll be our shortstop for the next 5-7 years. His bat, athleticism and leadership fill a lot of voids, including instilling confidence in the younger players. Than trade for a power hitting 1B or RF. Those 2 additions could considerably raise the level of play for guys like Lageres, Young and d’Arnaud. Also, have Satin work on learning to play RF/LF in the off season because he can flat out hit.

      Regarding manager, Terry is a great guy and has done a good job, but if we want to move to the next level we need Backman. He will instill the fire and competitiveness necessary for us to compete for the playoffs.