Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Report: Yankees interested in Shin-Soo Choo

The New York Yankees are the latest team rumored to be vying for the services of free agent center fielder Shin-Soo Choo.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, Choo's name came up quite a bit in New York's recent organizational meetings, and the historic franchise appears to be very fond of his on-base ability.

In 2013, in his first season with the Reds, first season in center field, and first season batting leadoff, Choo exceeded expectations by posting the second-best on-base percentage in the National League, trailing only teammate Joey Votto.

Now, with the aid of super agent Scott Boras, Choo finds himself in a position to land a huge contract, and he certainly has no shortage of interested suitors.

The Rangers, Cubs, Astros, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, and the incumbent Reds are all reportedly trying to lure him to their respective organizations.

Although a leadoff hitter isn't exactly the Yankees primary need, the club could very much use an upgrade in the outfield, as they currently boast aging stars Alfonso Soriano and Ichiro Suzuki at the corners, to go along with Curtis Granderson in center.

The fact that the Yankees are reportedly willing to open their checkbook for Choo isn't good news for Cincinnati's attempt to keep him in a Reds uniform. As we all know, the Bronx Bombers have a reputation of driving the price of players above reasonable value.

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