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MLB Trade Rumors: Choo Draws Interest from Dodgers, Looking at Pay Raise

Add the Los Angeles Dodgers to the short list of teams interested in acquiring Cleveland Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.

Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown tweets that the Dodgers could look to add the Tribe’s current lead-off hitter who recently told local media that his main objective, as he sits at the age of 30, is to get to the playoffs and win. Seemingly frustrated by the second-half collapses that have plagued the team, Choo appears open to make a move despite playing in Cleveland for the bulk of his career.

Choo, who has bounced back substantially from an injury-plagued 2011 campaign, is hitting .291/.378/.484 on the season, having accounted for 16 percent of the team’s runs1. As a lead-off hitter in 2012, he has an OPS of .923. Under contract until the end of 2013, Choo, who makes $4.9 million this season, is looking at a pay day of roughly $7.6 million in 2013 if he heads to arbitration, according to Matt Schwartz of MLTR.

This past weekend, rumors surfaced regarding the Pittsburgh Pirates’ interest in Choo. The Indians have reportedly demanded MLB-ready talent with favorable contractual status in return.

[Related: A Lost Weekend In Minnesota Sends Tribe Spinning Back To Reality]

  1. Per Baseball-Reference.com []

  • interesting it would kill 2 birds with one stone, it gives us a leadoff hitter and a left fielder both needed at this time

  • whatever the decision keep CRUZ at shortstop, kid is hungry! dee gordon should consider move to left field been saying this for awhile now. he should be taking pop flys not grounders if he wants a spot on this team

  • mgbode

    no problem. he’s yours. we just want Silviero, De La Rosa, and either Seager or Valentin.

    see, I even left Zach Lee and Stripling for you to keep 🙂

  • Rodney

    Send Dee Gordon back to Rancho Cucamonga for the rest of his life. He stinks

  • Cruz isn’t a kid….he’s a journeyman…but alright….

  • I don’t get why people think the Indians should be sellers (Choo and/or Perez). Even (safely) assuming we don’t contend this year, we control both through next year. After this year, we free up wasted salary (Hafner, Sizemore to name two big ones), and even if Choo & Perez get bumps via arbitration, we can make a run at a mid-level free agent…and see if we contend next year. If we crap the bed again come next July, then you can sell off. At this point, it’s premature to blow things up, even minorly

  • mgbode

    because the market for rentals has gone down. the Angels got Greinke for a possible above average SS and 2 pitchers w/ some huge question marks.

    if we can get more now (no guarantee), then we might be smart getting more now and being better overall 2 seasons from now (no Choo likely means we are worse for the wear next season unless something unlikely happens)

    and that means worse w/o Choo over w/ Choo. actual record, etc. depends on everyone else too.

  • I hear you…it’s a good point on our return. But I think we need to click on all (four) cylinders with this team…and if we trade even one piece like Choo now, we’re guaranteed not to compete in ’13. Let’s make a run at it. After all, Antonetti backed us in a corner…we’ve got a narrow window here and no viable farm leaguers on the horizon

  • Were geting victorino anyway

  • Dee P

    6 of the Dodgers top 10 prospects are starting pitchers….no blue chippers, but guys that scouts consider solid future #2’s. I’ll take a couple of them and Jerry Sands and call it a deal for Choo.

  • Dee P

    I think it’s premature to claim we can’t contend next season by trading Choo now. First, we have no idea who we get back in return. Second, he is not irreplaceable, he just isn’t. He is a good outfielder with good on-base skills whose best quality is his throwing arm. He has not progressed into anything but a decent RF. There is no doubt in my mind that we can still contend without him, especially when you factor in the player(s) we get for him if he is traded.

    I like him cause he played for my team…but I feel Choo has always been hyped to be way more than he really is.

  • Natedawg86

    I think that is our problem. We are trying to click on all four cylinders and everyone else has 6-8

  • stryker1121

    Whatever we get back (Marte?) would be a longshot to replace Choo’s production in RF next season. Coupled w/ the black hole of LF (i’m not convinced the Tribe will do anything to shore up that position in the off-season) what do we have left?

  • Dee P

    Perhaps. I’m not saying you’re wrong about Marte not equaling his production next year. However, it’s an even bigger longshot that we re-sign Choo, and come next year we will have to fill his spot anyway. I’d rather have Marte then, wouldn’t you? Plus, Marte, Kipnis, Chisenhall, Santana, Brantley….all will be hitting their prime at relatively the same time. I’ll roll the dice that that core will make some noise.

  • wayside846

    Here We Go Again Trade Stars For If Comes