Originally posted on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 7/30/12
Yesterday's trade rumor du jour started up just before the Pirates' debacle of a loss on their way out of Houston; Rob Biertempfel reported that the Pirates were interested in Indians' outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and guessed that it would take Starling Marte to get the job done. From there things ballooned out a bit; the Rangers and Reds are also interested in Choo, but the Indians are slow to move him unless they get a young player with some serious years of control left. Choo is a pretty interesting player and I think he'd be a great fit for the top of the Pirates' lineup (he's hitting.291/.378/.484 this year and has a career .383 OBP), but this looks an awful lot like a dead end to me. That's why I didn't talk about it much yesterday and I only want to briefly touch on it now. The reality is that Choo will be a free agent after 2013 and as much as he'd make a great fit for the Pirates for the rest of 2012 and all of 2013, I just don't see them dealing a prospect like Starling Marte ...
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