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Extensions are all the rage in today's MLB. Young players and veterans alike are signing or mulling new contracts that would keep them with their current clubs for years to come. Cincinnati Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo doesn't appear to have gotten caught up in this fad, as he told Tyler Kepner of The New York Times that all he's thinking about at this point is the next pitch.
“A lot of people ask me: ‘Do you want to stay in Cincinnati?
What do you want?’ ” Choo said. “That’s too far away. We’re not at the end
of the season; we’re not at the end of the first half yet. I know why I’m here.
Cincinnati gave up two good players, and they want to win a World Series.
That’s what I want, too. I’ve never played in the playoffs. I have a good
opportunity to play with a good team.”
Choo was acquired by the Reds over the offseason from the Arizona Cleveland Indians in the three-team trade that also involved Trevor Bauer, Didi Gregorius, and Drew Stubbs. Cincinnati needed a lead-off hitter, and Choo has delivered, maintaining an astronomical on-base percentage of .455. He's in the midst of his best season as a pro, hitting .303/.455/.539 with 10 doubles, one triple, nine home runs and five stolen bases in six attempts.
This is pretty solid timing considering Choo is slated to hit the free agent market following the season. He evaded an extension with the Indians, and he's hinting that he won't consider his next contract until after the current campaign.
For now, Choo's content pursuing a World Series and the first playoff appearance of his career. If his level of production continues, he figures to become one of the most coveted names on the market this winter.
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