The Reds, who added Shin-Soo Choo this past offseason to bolster both their lineup and defensive abilities in the outfield, knew his time in Cincinnati could end after just one season. And even if that's the case when he becomes a free agent, it's been worth it. Choo is batting .285 with 21 home runs, 52 RBI and an OBP of .426 this season. He's a major factor for why Cincinnati appears destined to return to the MLB playoffs this October. But past this season? That's another question.
"We've expressed to him all year in our interest in re-signing him," Reds GM Walt Jocketty told the Cincinatti Enquirer. "He's wanted to wait or maybe Scott wants to wait until the year is over. We have interest in re-signing. We'll do everything we can to make that happen."
According to Enquirer reporter C. Trent Rosecrans, it appears unlikely a deal will make sense for both parties. "The Reds already have $78 million on the books for 10 players in 2014, as well as arbitration raises for Homer Bailey, Mike Leake and Ryan Hanigan. The Reds' payroll of nearly $107 million in 2014 is a record-high."
Choo's career season will end with no shortage of suitors. The price will be tough to match. So if the Reds don't re-sign him, what's next? Speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton, if he becomes more productive at the plate and not just on the base paths, would be the top choice for 2014.