The Cleveland Indians will again listen to trade offers for outfielder Shin-Soo Choo this off-season, as the club is resigned to the fact they won’t be able to sign him to a long-term contract, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com:
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said they have tried to extend Choo "multiple times'' over the past few years, to no avail. Antonetti was asked how much reception he's gotten to the possibility of a multiyear deal, and the GM answered candidly, "None.''
While shipping the 30-year-old out this winter is one possibility, Antonetti also told Heyman that Cleveland could decide to hold onto Choo through the off-season and then deal him during next summer’s trade deadline. A third option would be Cleveland simply letting him walk following the 2013 season, collecting draft picks as compensation after making the outfielder a qualifying offer.
Following his disappointing 2011 campaign, Choo has hit .286/.369/.469 with thirty-five doubles and fifteen home runs this season. The career .290/.381/.472 hitter has another year of arbitration eligibility remaining before reaching the free agent market.
What should the Indians do with Choo?