Noted sports agent Scott Boras discussed the future of Cleveland Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, one of his clients, Friday. Based on Boras' assessment of Choo, it is unlikely that the 30-year-old will remain with Cleveland much longer:
"We all know he's one of the best young outfielders in the game. There is really a demand for a guy who gives you offense and defense. He's shown the ability to lead off and hit in the middle of the lineup. He's really a valued player."
Choo made $4.9 million in 2012, and he is scheduled for arbitration in January. The website mlbtraderumors.com estimates his salary could rise to $7.9 million in 2013. If the Indians keep Choo this season, they will have to make a qualifying offer of $13 million in the 2013 offseason.
In 155 games with the Indians in 2012, Choo had a batting line of .283/.373.441 and totaled 16 home runs and 67 RBIs. Those numbers were down from his career-best season in 2010, when Choo compiled a line of .300/.401/.484, 22 homers and 90 RBIs.