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Pirates interested in Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo

Jul 29, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

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ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported last week that the Indians are listening to offers on outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who’ll be entering his final year of arbitration in 2013 before hitting free agency leading into 2014.

And now the Tribe might have a legitimate suitor.

According to beat writer Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pirates have expressed recent interest in acquiring Choo to bolster their lineup and play left field. But word is it might take Starling Marte to pluck him from Cleveland.

Marte, 23, got promoted to the major leagues on Thursday and homered on the first pitch of his career. The Pirates’ top offensive prospect was batting .286/.347/.500 with 12 home runs, 21 doubles, 13 triples and 21 stolen bases in 431 plate appearances at Triple-A Indianapolis before his call-up.

The second-place Pirates have already acquired left-handed starter Wandy Rodriguez from the Astros, but they need to improve an offense that has scored 87 fewer runs than the third-place Cardinals in order to stay in the mix for a postseason spot. The Bucs do currently lead the NL Wild Card chase.

Choo, a 30-year-old native of South Korea, has an .871 OPS and 12 homers in 96 games this season.

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Chances are slim to none that the Pirates will give up Marte for Choo

  2. soundsofsuccess7 - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Choo for Marte.. hahahah.. are you kidding me Cleveland

  3. steelhammer92 - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    LOL if the Pirates deal Marte for Choo, they deserve another 20 years of losing baseball.

  4. jaydeebee21 - Jul 29, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    why would dealing Marte for Choo a bad deal

    the best case for Marte at his peak is probably the level that Choo is at now.

    Marte is 23 years old and his highest OPS in the minors over a full season is .870 at AA last year.

    Choo has been at .870 or more 4 of the 5 past years

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 29, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      How much will Marte cost the low budget Pirates over the next 5 years compared to Choo who will be a FA after next season?

  5. braddavery - Jul 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Choo is a MUCH better player than Marte. Great move for Pittsburgh if they could pull that off.

  6. matto8929 - Jul 29, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    As a Pirates fan I hope not. Keep Marte, pass on Choo.

  7. Stiller43 - Jul 29, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    NOPE. Screw you cleveland. Marte fot choo, thats a laugh!

    • Kevin Gillman - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:27 PM

      This coming from a fan that hasn’t had a winning record in 20 years.

    • mrlynch33 - Jul 30, 2012 at 4:02 AM

      Choo is proven. Marte isn’t. It’s that simple bucs fans. If anything we should get a pitcher too because what if Marte is a bust at the MLB level, unlike Choo who clearly is not

  8. geiben82 - Jul 29, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Marte isnt on Choos level. as a Tribe fan I would take this trade. Fact is Scott Boras is Choo’s agent. Boras will not allow Choo to sign with a mid to low market team like the Indians or Pirates. the Tribe is better off getting a young OF with plenty of upside for Choo now and let the Pirates deal with that headache next yr when his contract is up.

  9. geiben82 - Jul 29, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    and I love how you Pittsburgh fans are saying screw you Cleveland and we are nuts. the Pirates are the ones pursuing this deal. I heard the guy from the Pittsburgh newspaper on 92.3 The Fan this afternoon and he made it apparent that Pittsburgh wants him and is willing to trade Marte to make it happen…Idiots

  10. ponsonbybritt - Jul 29, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    The Tigers could trade Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante for him.

  11. stairwayto7 - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Does Choo have his legal paperwork?

  12. Kevin Gillman - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    The truth is Marte could wind up being a bust, after all, he’s just a prospect. May I remind you guys that the Indians picked up a “Can’t miss” prospect, named Andy Marte? How did he do? Or how about that one guy they traded CC Sabtahia for, Matt Laporta? There is no guanrantee that this Marte will be any good, either.

  13. ottomanismydog - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Why would they bring the guy up to trade him a week later? The Pirates may be a question organization, but this make zero sense. Here, take Correia and we’ll take Chuga Chuga Choo Choo

    • Kevin Gillman - Jul 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      Yeah, that’s a fair trade. Choo, who is having a very good season going to the Pirates, and the Indians get a guy who can’t even get NL Pitchers out. Brilliant.

  14. bucsfan43906 - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    It’s a little premature to label Marte as a bust. His has a good upside and has shown decent plate discipline as indicated by 2 k’s to this point. Choo would be a nice pick up, but he’s not worth a top tier prospect that is under team control for quite a while. Send them Corriea, Locke or Wilson, and a mid fielding prospect. That’s all he’s worth. Especially with Boras as his agent.

  15. danaking - Jul 30, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Only a few things matter here: Marte is 23 (about four years prior to his likely peak) and the Pirates have six years of control over his contract. Definitely upside potential there. Choo is 30 (about three years past his peak) and they’d have two months of control. No upside there, not even if Pittsburgh thought their competetive window is closing, which it is not.

    Not to mention they moved Marte from center to left two weeks before bringing him up, to get him used to it. Why would they want to showcase the kid in the majors if they were going to trade him. Better to let him bang on AAA pitching an extra week thsn take the risk of him not looking good in The Show.

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