The Mets have discussed free agent outfielder Shin Soo Choo with agent Scott Boras, Mike Puma of the NY Post reports, although he specified that no details – i.e. length or dollars – were discussed.
Choo, 31, is the most sought after free agent outfielder outside of Jacoby Ellsbury. His numbers from 2013 – 21 home runs, .464 slugging percentage, .285 average – are good, not great, but he did post a career high .423 OBP.
The Mets’ interest, however, should be taken lightly, as early reports had Choo out of the Mets’ price range, and Marc Carig of Newsday tweeted today that Alderson is reaching out to a lot of free agents and just “laying groundwork” – a routine process for most teams at the start of the offseason. Joel Sherman of the New York post said in his column today that the Mets are planning on acquiring multiple free agents and are unlikely to pursue either Choo or Ellsbury.
In regards to Choo’s price, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports had reported that three executives predicted a 4 year, 60 million dollar deal, but on November 5th, he relayed that a general manager and an agent both pegged him at six years and 100 million dollars.
Puma, for what its worth, said today that Scott Boras was asking for 90 million from teams. If Choo can be had at 60 million, he might be within the Mets’ reach, but Sandy Alderson has made no indication that he would ever be willing to give a six year deal to a 31 year old outfielder.
Choo is a big name you can dream about. He has the combination of on base ability and power Alderson has always valued, and he could immediately make a major impact in the Mets’ lineup.
The Mets should be patient here, and let the market develop. Situations like this one are part of the reason why Alderson was hired in the first place: to have an even temperament and not make the same mistakes on contracts to second generation players.