He’s going to be 39-years-old and is currently playing in his native South Korea. He’s not exactly the ideal player, granted, but Shin-Soo Choo still has something left to offer. He was one of the cornerstones of the 2007 Indians playoff push and was traded away as part of the Trevor Bauer deal which happened just before the team’s return to glory.
He’s still a .240 hitter and can still pop 20 home runs in a year if given the chance. While the age may scare some away, he hasn’t really lost too much over the last three seasons. He was an All-Star still in that time frame.
Sure, he’s not the same player he was in 2007, but it would be great to have Choo back to help push for another playoff race. If he’s even somewhat competent at the plate still, then Choo could help the minor leagues stay untouched while the team continues to develop the next crop of players who will continue the playoff chases for years to come.
For Choo, it’d be a chance to be part of the revival era of Indians baseball, even if for just a few months.