Earlier this week, the Mets reached out to Scott Boras to express initial interest in Choo (Puma, Nov. 7).
Boras has been trying to push Choo as a $90 million player, according to a person who spoke to the agent (Puma, Nov. 7).
In early October, three league executives predicted Choo will end up signing a four- or five-year deal worth around $15 million a season (Heyman, Sept. 30), similar to contracts signed by B.J. Upton, Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher. However, last week, one GM and a player agent said he can expect to be offered six years and at least $100 million (Heyman, Nov. 5).
That's a lot of coin for a guy like Choo. He's over 30, depends on his legs, and is only a so-so outfielder who is really limited to the corners. If Choo can get it, good for him and I commend him for shooting for the stars as he enters free agency. But I don't envision the Mets - or a lot of teams for that matter - showing up to the dance for a player like Choo if this is where the negotiations are going to go.
I still view Hunter Pence's $90 million deal he signed with the Giants in September as a pretty good barometer for what Choo will ultimately get. Perhaps he will get a tad more, but it would be surprising if he got too much more than that.
Choo finished 2013 batting .285 with 21 home runs, 54 RBI, 20 stolen bases, and a team record 26 hit-by-pitches for the Reds. He also set a career high .423 OBP.