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Thursday, December 12, 2013

MLB rumors: Astros landing spot for Shin-Soo Choo?

By on 12/12/2013 03:00:00 PM

With high-profile free agents such as Robinson Cano and Brian McCann off the board, attention has turned to outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. There has been much speculation regarding Choo's suitors, and USA Today's Bob Nightengale spoke with one veteran general manager who believes the former Cincinnati Red will end up signing with the Houston Astros.
The Astros have already added an impact outfielder in Dexter Fowler and a veteran starting pitcher in Scott Feldman this offseason. They are coming off of one of the worst stretches in major-league history as far as records go, but this was more acceptable as they had committed to the rebuilding process through the draft and trading away veteran players.

After several dreadful campaigns, the Astros appear interested in focusing more on a win-now, or at least in the near future, mentality, as evidenced by the additions of Fowler and Feldman to an impressive young core of players. Next season might not be their year, but they have both players under contract beyond 2014. Choo would also fit into that mold, as he appears set to require a deal of at least five years.

Choo dealt with injuries and a DUI suspension in 2011, limiting him to 85 games. He rebounded in 2012 with the Cleveland Indians, and he was even more impressive as the Cincinnati Reds' leadoff hitter last season.

While Choo has shown himself to be durable over the past two campaigns, he is going to turn 32 this season and there has to be questions surrounding how he will hold up over the life of a five- to seven-year contract he's likely to command.


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