The Cleveland Indians’ track record is far from perfect, but it appears they were right on the mark with regard to Shin-Soo Choo. Choo was an absolute steal when the Indians traded Ben Broussard for him before the 2006 MLB season. The team also sold pretty high on him when they traded him to the Reds for Drew Stubbs and Trevor Bauer. Even as WFNY has debated what Choo would garner on the open market, I really had no idea that it would come to this. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! reports that Choo turned down $140 million from the New York Yankees.
In the aftermath of Robinson Cano’s defection to Seattle, New York presented Choo a seven-year, $140 million deal, three sources outside the Yankees’ organization told Yahoo Sports. When Boras countered asking for more money – one source indicated he wanted “Ellsbury money,” or $153 million over seven years – the Yankees pulled the offer and signed Carlos Beltran to a three-year, $45 million deal.
That’s right. The Yankees preferred to sign a three-year deal with a guy who is going to be 37 years-old near the end of April than offer any more than the $140 million they offered to Choo.
None of this is to mock out Choo, who I loved as a Cleveland Indians regular. The point is just how crazy the market has become for even somewhat flawed players. I loved Choo’s bat and loved watching him throw the ball in from the outfield, but to call him an All-Star level player is likely only occasionally true when he’s having a particularly good season.
Or maybe the market’s not as crazy as I thought. The Yankees walked away.