On Cusp of Major Payday, Shin-Soo Choo Just Having Fun Winning

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 Cincinnati Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo will likely be playing in the postseason for the first time in his career but his future beyond this season still remains unclear.

Choo, 31, will be one of the most sought-after free agents after this season. His current annual salary of $7.38 million will likely double or even triple on a multi-year deal. Big market teams around the major leagues view him as a commodity that not only produces on the field, but one that will help his ball club expand the fanbase to the Korean market, similar to the effect of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu.

“Two years ago, [Reds general manager] Walt [Jocketty] and I talked about what he felt Cincinnati needed and what would make the team particularly better in the postseason,” Choo’s agent Scott Boras told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “He said, ‘I want a player that scores 100 runs, and I want a player that can give me power at the top of the lineup. He sure got it last year.”

Choo’s on-base percentage is currently second in the National League behind teammate Joey Votto. Choo and Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter are the only two leadoff hitters in the top 10 on-base percentage in the NL. Carpenter and Choo are also first and second in the NL in runs scored with 119 and 105 runs, respectively.  Read more here.