For the record, there seems to be plenty of interest in Cincinnati’s prime free agents. Specifically, I’m talking about Bronson Arroyo and Shin-Soo Choo.
The Twins, Giants, and Phillies are reported to be kicking the tires on Arroyo (not literally; Arroyo doesn’t actually have tires). I’m still firmly of the conviction that the Reds should have made a qualifying offer to Arroyo. I certainly understand Cincinnati’s perspective on that decision, however, and it’s completely reasonable. I’m just afraid the Reds are going to be thin in the rotation in 2014 if anyone gets injured.
Shin-Soo Choo, of course, is represented by super-agent Scott Boras. As expected, Boras is looking to break someone’s bank:
MLB teams say Scott Boras seeking a Shin-Soo Choo contract worth more than Jayson Werth's $126M deal with #nationals.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) November 9, 2013
I’d be very surprised if Choo can command that kind of money, but if that’s the neighborhood we’re looking at, the Reds are out of the picture. And if Choo can get a Werth-type deal, more power to him, and I wish him the best of luck.
A rough, ballpark figure of Scott Boras’ contract demand for signing Shin-Soo Choo: pic.twitter.com/WFN7PkeItB
— Weathered Fan (@WeatheredFan) November 9, 2013