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.
- Per Baseball-Reference.com [↩]