According to a report from Patrick Mooney, his sources indicate the Cubs “will make a run at Shin-Soo Choo this winter.” Mooney reported that Choo would fit the Cubs plan to “collect more left-handed hitters and boost their on-base percentage.”
Shin-Soo Choo is having a very good season in his walk year for the Reds. Choo is represented by Scott Boras, who could also be looking at the Cubs as a possible destination for another one of his clients this winter, Jacoby Ellsbury.
Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .275/.412/.441 in 120 games for the Reds this season with 27 doubles, one triple and 15 home runs. The 31-year old outfielder has done a majority of his damage this season against right-handed pitching. Choo is hitting .318/.454/.550 with 23 doubles, one triple and 15 homers against righties and only .186/.324/.214 against southpaws with four doubles.
Patrick Mooney reported that “it’s harder to imagine the Cubs giving Jacoby Ellsbury a megadeal” and Shin-Soo Choo seems to fit the type of player the front office would like to add to the mix.
The Cubs have not shut the door on re-signing David DeJesus, if the Nationals do not pick up his option for next season. The Cubs view DeJesus has a “fourth outfielder while looking for upgrades” according to the report.
Jed Hoyer recently talked about the Cubs’ problems on offense and the front office could address the offense this winter the same way they addressed the rotation last off-season.
Jed Hoyer from Comcast SportsNet, “We’re going to take a pretty hard look at our offense this offseason, for sure. We have a lot of young offensive talent coming. But we can’t just rely on the young guys. We have to figure out how we can be a more efficient offensive team. The biggest thing we have to figure out is (our offense). We do some things pretty well. Our slugging percentage has been pretty good this year. But we’ve got to get to the bottom of the runners-in-scoring-position issue. We haven’t been the worst batting-average team in the National League for two years, but we have been the worst in scoring position. The fact that those things don’t line up is a frustration. We have to get on base more. Period. There’s a team offensive element that I don’t think we’re all that good at. I think we’re last in the league in sacrifice bunts, last in sacrifice flies. We have to get better at all those elements of the game.”
The Cubs sound like they realize there will have to be some money spent upgrading the offense this winter based on Hoyer’s comments.