Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/13/12
It’s no secret that Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is on the trading block. The Red Sox are reportedly one of the teams interested in acquiring the outfielder’s services and have been reportedly brainstorming packages to acquire Choo and/or Justin Masterson. But in order to focus on his last year before free agency –– and the likelihood of switching teams –– Choo has elected to skip the World Baseball Classic, according to FOXSports.com. The 30-year-old’s absence will be a big blow to South Korea, who made it to the finals in 2009 before falling to Japan in the finals in 10 innings. He was the lone major league player on the South Korean team. Choo, who is represented by Scott Boras, contributed key home runs en route to leading South Korea on its magical run. His presence also sparked South Korea to the semifinals in 2006. Last season, Choo belted 16 home runs and added 67 RBIs while batting .283. He was also a finalist for the Gold Glove Award in right field, but was beaten out by former Red Sox outfielder Josh Reddick. But Choo will use the rest of the offseason to relax and focus on baseball. If he does wind up in Boston, the decision could be a blessing in disguise for a club that was plagued by injuries in 2012.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bryce Harper doesn’t seem to care if Nationals make playoffs

Could the Spurs backups make playoffs in the east?

Josh Howard reportedly attempting NBA comeback

Reggie Wayne feels like a rookie with the Patriots

Eric Davis: Jim Harbaugh coddled 49ers off the field

Scherzer gave pricey gifts to catchers on no-hitter, one-hitter

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Seattle Mariners fire general manager Jack Zduriencik

Ryan Fitzpatrick believes he's due for breakout season

Report: Ref with Deflategate connection to work Pats game

Sam Bradford is proving himself to be the answer for Eagles

L.A. mayor would want Caitlyn Jenner to light Olympics torch

Segway cameraman apologizes for running down Usain Bolt

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

10 NFL players set for down seasons in 2015

Why NFL preseason games matter

August's winners and losers in sports

How the Chicago Cubs are swinging

Report: Barry Bonds loses collusion case

Packers smart to sit Rodgers for rest of preseason

Towns is perfect for today's NBA

The Opening Drive: Utah alum Jordan Gross is fed up with the HarBros

Five greatest NBAers without a ring

Exactly how bad is the NL East?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker