NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Mets need outfield help … badly.
Yes, we knew that in the offseason. But it’s become even more abundantly clear through the first quarter of the 2013 campaign.
As many predicted, the outfield — both offensively and defensively — has been a disaster for the Amazin’s this season. With the club not likely to acquire a key addition at the trade deadline, general manager Sandy Alderson is expected to peruse the free-agent market for potential pieces at the end of the season.
With plenty of salary coming off the books, the Mets should finally be in a position to open up their wallets.
Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo will be a free agent after the season, and he will be a very attractive option for Alderson. The 30-year-old plays all three outfield positions. He has speed and power and is a premier top-of-the-order catalyst.
The South Korean got a taste of Queens this week when the Mets hosted Cincinnati in a three-game set.
“I’m excited to play in front of the Korean fans,” Choo told the New York Post when asked about playing at Citi Field. “They put a good type of pressure on (you).”
The ninth-year player told the newspaper that he hasn’t thought too much about his future after this season, although he didn’t rule out coming to Flushing in 2014.
“With New York, you never know,” Choo told the New York Post. “If I have a good opportunity, I’ll take it.”
Choo is off to a very hot start in his first season with the Reds. Heading into Wednesday’s series finale against New York, the left-handed hitter was batting .301 with nine home runs, 19 RBIs and a .453 on-base percentage.
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