Shin-Soo Choo (Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)

Something New, A Shin-Soo Choo Rumor

It has been a few days since we mentioned Shin-Soo Choo here. Honestly, I’m not sure of another situation where this much time was spent discussing a player who was not a Houston Astro.

Jeff Luhnow is pursuing Choo. Well, pursuing might not be the correct word, but he is certainly on Houston’s radar. It does almost seem odd in a sense that the Astros are even slightly connected to a big name free agent.

This is true on multiple levels. Astros’ fans still have to get used to their team spending money and actually looking to improve. Plus, after last season, it really seemed like Houston was a few years from contending. But with a few improvements this season from outside the organization and an infusion of young talent, there is the possibility that 2015 could be interesting for the Astros.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Astros have an “active offer” out to Choo. This is not something that surprises me, nor is it something that I would read into.

I don’t blame Luhnow for having an offer out there to Choo. That is what he should be doing. There would be something wrong if there wasn’t an offer out to Choo.

Under most circumstances, I would not advocate for the Astros signing Choo, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a very good player that I would want to man the outfield with Dexter Fowler and George Springer.

It is very likely that Luhnow is just doing his diligence here and has an offer out there to show his credibility to Scott Boras, but also more importantly, to maintain the lines of communication should the market fail to materialize for Choo.

But maybe my biggest takeaway from this article, was that the Passan presented the Astros in a positive light.

The size of Houston’s ante is unclear. The Astros do not like the idea of giving up a draft pick, especially in a year in which another Boras client, Carlos Rodon, is almost a lock to go No. 1 overall and likely to command an excessive portion of Houston’s signing bonus pool. Still, an Astros outfield of Choo, Dexter Fowler and rising prospect George Springer – a Mike Cameron-floor, All-Star-ceiling center fielder – is the start of a team that with Jason Castro, Jose Altuve, Scott Feldman and a bevy of coming talent (Rodon, fellow No. 1 overall picks Carlos Correa and Mark Appel, hard throwers Jarred Cosart and Mike Foltynewicz) could be ready by 2015 to escape from the doldrums of a lost decade.


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  • Larry Luttrell

    Ray, It looks a like see-saw battle or a game of spin the bottle & it ends on the line, on where Choo is going. I see him going to the Astros but what do I know. And this player Jesus Guzman who is he.. Said a outfielder-first baseman. I look over his history in the major leagues. And he is no power hitter. he could be a back up to who ever gets the first base job. I have a feeling Jonathan Singleton is going to the Astros first baseman, the Astros can put Brett Wallace on waivers. I guess I will have to do like the rest of the Astros fans wait & see. Go Astros..

  • AstroDawg

    I’m not sure if I would sign Choo or not honestly. One of the biggest arguments I hear against it is that we don’t want to give up a draft pick. In general, I agree with that. But if I told you last year that we were trading Bud Norris for a utility outfielder, a top 20 prospect and Choo (ignoring the money) I think you would have been ecstatic. Since we received the competitive balance pick from the Orioles in that trade, we can sign a top free agent and be no worse off than we were before…actually slightly better. If we didn’t get that pick, there is no way I want the Astros to go after a free agent at the expense of a 2nd round pick. But, since we have it, I say go for it. With the talent in the system and a few shrewd moves, I think the Astros will be competitive far before most people think they will.

  • dylan

    A lost “DECADE” 6 years ago the Astros were in the World Series. MAYBE this twit is saying 2015 will be the decade—but then, the Astros weren’t losing big time until about 2008-9.

    • astrosince1975

      Just to clarify: The Astros have played eight seasons since that World Series appearance. In those 8 seasons, they have failed to make the playoffs.

      • dylan

        Just because you don’t make the playoffs doesn’t mean it’s a lost season. if that were the case, 20 teams a year would have “lost” seasons.