This is an interesting year for Shin-Soo Choo. He is in the final year of a seven-year contract that has been quite productive.
Choo came to the Rangers as a free agent after a remarkable season in Cincinnati in which he put up an OBP of .423 and an OPS+ of 145.
He is an on-base machine. But his first season with Texas wasn’t what anyone hoped, which branded him a failure in many Rangers’ fans minds.
But he has been anything but in his past five seasons, being one of the bright spots in a very spotty offense. From 2015 to 2019, Choo has put up a very impressive .369 on-base percentage.
But two things are suggesting he might be dealt in 2020. One, this the last year of his contract. Two, now there are fifteen more potential suitors since this season the National League will have the DH as well.
The only thing holding back a Choo trade is that he is one of the few productive hitters in the Rangers woeful offense and they harbor hopes of sneaking into the playoffs in this abbreviated season. But they said they were going for it last seasons, too.
If they get off to a slow start they can’t recover from, expect Choo to be a prime trade chip.