The World Baseball Classic is set to get underway next March, and while a few Reds will be participating, newcomer Shin-Soo Choo will apparently not.
South Korea dropped Choo from their WBC roster on Wednesday per Choo's request. The 30-year outfielder asked to leave the team so he could concentrate on preparing for the regular season with his new club.
Choo was acquired by the Reds on Dec. 11 via trade from the Cleveland Indians.
The Reds are hoping that the 8-year MLB veteran can provide a much-needed upgrade at the leadoff spot. Cincinnati struggled mightily getting production out of its leadoff hitters in 2012, ranking near the bottom of the league in several offensive categories including average and on-base percentage.
I believe many Reds fans will view this decision by Choo as a good sign of what could be to come. The Scott Boras client is entering a contract season with which he will be eligible for free agency next winter. Players on the brink of free agency tend to experience production above their career averages. Choo looks poised to do just that. Don't be surprised if Choo has a career campaign in '12.
Via Hall of Very Good.