A Korean reporter tweeted today and Anthony Castrovince retweeted that Shin Soo Choo has aggressively asked for a trade after seeing other teams pop champagne corks in the recent days.
Hello, a Korean sports writer here. Choo said, purely out of envy, he wanted to play on a winning team after watching other guys pop champagne for clinching playoff berths. But he didn’t say the word ‘transfer’ (should have been translated into ‘trade.’ It’s baseball, not soccer) as far as I know. But he also said he wants to stay with one club for a long time and Cleveland would be his first choice. Then he said his agent would take care of his contract situation and that he hadn’t heard anything special from the agent. Hope this helps.
More from MLBTR:
•A story by Yoon Chul of the Korea Times quotes Shin-Soo Choo as saying he’d like to play for a team that wins more than Indians. However, GM Chris Antonetti tells Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he has spoken to Choo and the outfielder “expressed his passion for winning in Cleveland.”
First team I thought of was the Dodgers. Fits pretty well. Dodgers need an outfielder this offseason and have a few decent prospects the Indians would be interested. And the Indians and Dodgers have traded before (Casey Blake for Carlos Santana (sigh)).
Only problem is that Choo is just now entering his first year of arbitration (he’ll have three years) and, ya know, the Indians might not want to separate with a very, very good ballplayer just because he’s jealous. On top of that, Choo will be in his first year of arbitration.
It’s a long-shot, but I could see Colletti at least testing the waters.