Besides Jacoby Ellsbury, the hottest name on the market for center fielders this offseason has been Shin-Soo Choo. Choo hit .285 with 21 home runs, 54 RBIs, and a .423 OBP for the Reds in 2013 and is looking to get a big pay day with the lack of many true stars testing free agency this winter. Choo has already been talked about in filling holes on the Yankees, Rangers, Tigers, Diamondbacks, and Astros, but if the Red Sox want to make a splash this offseason, it could be slightly cheaper than trying to bring back Ellsbury, who is Scott Boras’s biggest client this winter and is reportedly looking for a contract upward of $100 million.
Ellsbury may have some questions to answer before he signs the dotted line, however, as news of a severe hand injury Ellsbury played with has surfaced since the end of the World Series, with the center fielder even saying to team coaches before Game 6 that he had “no more bullets in the gun. We have to win tonight.”
One downside to signing Choo is the Reds have made a qualifying offer, so any team that signs him would have to give up a draft pick.