Pirates Trade for Shin-Soo Choo Rumored

While the Pittsburgh Pirates’ bullpen has certainly benefited from the addition of Wandy Rodriguez to the team, the Pirates have a new task at hand as they approach the end of the regular season close in games with the Cincinnati Reds. It’s time for the Pirates to take a close look at their batters, and rumor has it that the team is taking a long, hard look at the Indians’ Shin-Soo Choo as a possible trade candidate. So far in 2012, Choo has been powerful on the plate and on the bases, with a .295 batting average, 12 home runs, 39 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Pittsburgh Pirate tickets may offer fans the chance to see a new addition to the team compete for postseason glory.

But some Pirates fans are more concerned about who Pittsburgh will need to offer up to secure the potential (but not guaranteed) talent from Choo. And many analysts are currently pointing to the center fielder Starling Marte as a possible choice. Although Marte could be critical for the Pirates’ progress through the rest of the season, natural center-fielder Andrew McCutchen is many’s choice for NL MVP, and is unlikely to be moved from his center field spot any time soon. What’s more — Choo could fill either left or right field, a far more pressing need for the playoff hopeful Pirates.

The big problem in the Choo/Marte trade is whether or not the Pirates stand to get a better deal by holding onto Marte until the end of the season, possibly well into 2013. Even if the Pirates could pick up Choo for Marte, Choo won’t be a free agent until 2014, and can only be contracted for the rest of this season and next season. Although Choo has some mileage in the MLB, Marte is largely untested, and strikes out to minor league pitchers a minimum of 21% of the time. Should these numbers skyrocket against major league pitchers (which they have a habit of doing), we’re looking at a potentially disastrous trade for the Pirates.


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