The season isn’t even over yet and teams who are sitting on the outside of the post-season picture looking in are already targeting players who could possibly help them reach October baseball.
Right now, the New York Mets are currently targeting soon to be free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo for the 2014 season.
The fourth place New York Mets (64-78) are 21.5 games back in the National League East. A division that has three of the toughest teams in the National League. It’s hard to take the division from the Atlanta Braves who have definitely improved their rosters of the years and look as if they will remain the top dogs of the East for a long time.
The outfield for the Mets currently has three outfielders who are under seven home runs. Left fielder Lucas Duda currently leads the outfield group with 12 home runs, but he’s currently at first base. Eric Young, Juan Lagares and Andrew Brown currently cover the outfield for the major league club.
Young has two home runs with 27 RBI’s with a battling line of .255/.320/.347 through 128 games this season. Lagares who is currently in center field has four home runs, 30 RBI’s with a batting line of .266/.301/.388. Last but not least you have right fielder Andrew Brown who has showed a little bit more power than the rest of the group (not including Duda) with six home runs and 21 RBI’s on a .246/.292/.434 batting line.
Signing the left handed outfielder could be a long shot, but knowing he would be the premiere outfielder for this club could sell Choo. This team desperately needs to upgrade and the 31 year old lefty could be that upgrade.
Choo has 20 home runs with 48 RBI’s and 17 steals on a .291/.425/.472 batting line this season and should be expecting a big contract for the final time in his major league career.
This team will need a bat that can provide offense, especially when they are missing David Wright in their lineup like this season.
So what do you think Mets fans, should your team go after Choo this off-season?