Wednesday, July 26, 2006

That's what I'm talkin' about.

The Tribe traded Ben Broussard to the Mariners for Shin-Soo Choo, a AAA outfielder, and a player to be named later. Perhaps with his ass still red from the spanking the Braves administered, Shapiro pulled a masterful trade here. Choo is a real talent. At the time of the trade, his numbers at AAA Tacoma were good: .323 avg.; 21 2B's; 3 3B's; 13 HR's; 48 rbi's; and 26 SB's Moreover, he brings a few things that are in short supply in Cleveland: the ability to control the strike zone, base stealing ability, and the potential to be an above average outfielder. Choo will be an immediate defensive upgrade in whatever corner outfield spot he plays. His range is better than average and his arm is big time. He just needs to acclimate himself to the American game and get to know the hitters' tendencies.

Broussard's five years older than Choo, and his value will never be higher than it is right now. Choo could fall flat on his face, but at least he has the skills that could make him a difference maker in the bigs.

In my mind, Shapiro's redeemed himself. I just wonder when he's going to announce that the Tribe's in rebuilding mode and how many more years it will take to compete.

1 comment:

Hornless Rhino said...

Here's a profile of Choo from Minor League News. They rate him as one of the top 50 prospects in all of baseball.