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The Indians will listen to trade offers for Shin-Soo Choo this offseason

Aug 24, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman reports that Shin-Soo Choo is going to be on the market this winter. Why?

Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said they have tried to extend Choo “multiple times” over the past few years, to no avail. Antonetti was asked how much reception he’s gotten to the possibility of a multiyear deal, and the GM answered candidly, “None.”

Choo is a Boras client, he hits free agency after 2013 and there is no way in hell that a Boras client who is appealing to multiple other teams, as Choo no doubt is, would sign a multi-year deal with a team that has zero recent history of free agent largess. He’s as good as gone, either this winter or by the deadline next season.

After stumbling in 2011 due to injury and personal problems, Choo is hitting .286/.369/.489 with 15 homers, 49 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 118 games.  That’s not the stuff of nine-figure deals, obviously, but he’s definitely going to have suitors.

  1. natslady - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Interesting comment here:

    a team that has zero recent history of free agent largess…

    It was the “free agent largess” that got Jayson Werth to the 2011 Nats–an admitted and acknowledged overpay. A lot of us in NatsTown point to that signing even more than the Stras + Harper drafts as what turned this team around.

    • Kevin Gillman - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      I would have no problem with the Indians breaking the bank on a player, but it’s not going to happen. Who cares if the Dolans are lawyers, make tons of money, and Paul’s uncle owns Cablevision, and the Knicks. So money is there to do it, they just won’t.

  2. ajcardsfan - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Shin-Soo Choo – try and say that 3 times fast

    • thefalcon123 - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      I did. It’s not very hard.

      • ajcardsfan - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:24 PM

        I was hoping people would do it out loud in the middle of the work places, and possibly get odd looks then get mad at me on here for making them look foolish. Oh well, you win some, you lose some

  3. Pierre Cruzatte - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    He’s been pretty candid about wanting to be with a winning club, for at least the last few months. We’ll sorely miss him, but he’s had a good run here and that’s ask much as we could ask for.

    Here’s looking at Choo, kid.

  4. blantoncollier - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Sure they will trade him. As recent history shows (see CC Sabathia or Cliff Lee) the Tribe will trade him because they wont pay him. They will get another teams AAA1/2 All-Stars or a Single A injured player who has potential. None of these prospects will develop or reach the majors. Maybe Austin Kearns or Johnny Damon will come back again to save the team.

    The Tribe is a mess.

  5. icanspeel - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    And on that note his trade value is down since teams know the situation and can use that as leverage.

    • Reflex - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      Not really since there are 30 teams and more than one could use a corner outfielder like Choo.

  6. youngyankee - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Let swisher walk if he wants anything CLOSE to jason werth money and Let’s get CHOOOOOOOOOOOO

  7. budmanjim - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Tired of the Indians owners, don’t care any more. Will never go to another Tribe game as long as the Dolans own em….

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