Should the Reds Keep Choo?

October 8, 2013
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Shin-Soo Choo has certainly been worth the price the Reds paid to get him.  Now comes the task of deciding if he should stay.  When they traded for him, their plan was to borrow him for one year to win a World Series and then let him go to free agency.  However, he did so well as a Red that now you begin to wonder if you can afford to give him the big contract and keep him as your lead-off hitter.  Economically, the answer is “no”.  He will want a long-term contract at a high price level and this will reduce your ability to retain younger players.  You have invested a lot of money in Billy Hamilton, and he is definitely the outfielder of the future.  The question is–“is Hamilton ready to play regular next year?”  Hamilton is only 23 years old and could be a long-time fixture in Cincinnati if he can hit.  There is no doubt he can do everything else very well, but nothing happens until you get on base.  Choo, on the other hand, is a proven commodity; but Cincinnati is not a Korean strong hold of population.  Choo is reportedly hoping to go to Chicago or New York where his ethnic background might be better suited.  We all know that his agent wants that size city so he can jack up his asking price.

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