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The Arizona Diamondbacks offseason of missed opportunity continued after reports of the team making an under the table push at signing free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, according to AZCentral’s Nick Piecoro. Beltran signed a three-year $45 million deal with the Yankees, spurning the three-year deal Arizona offered him. Beltran spurning the deal, which reportedly was higher than the Yankees deal by $3 million according to Piecoro, raises questions as to which free agent is left the team could go out and sign. I have already discussed signing free agent Corey Hart in an earlier post so one of the other options is to sign Cincinnati Reds free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.
Choo is one of the last remaining decent outfielders on the free agent market. His slash line for his career is .288/.385/.854 and 104 home runs, 427 RBIs, and 105 stolen bases. The only problem is he may not be the power outfielder the team is looking to sign, but if they have to trade for a starter and deplete their farm system they won’t be able to trade for an outfielder either. I believe Choo is another player the team should target after such a quiet start to the offseason by general manager Kevin Towers. Also don’t be surprised if the team simply stays pat when it comes to the free agent/trade market either.
It may come down to the simple fact any player the team would like to get will be too pricey and won’t be worth depleting a vastly talented farm system. If Towers wants long term success in the desert instead of a flash in the bottle success he needs to improve the team without trading away the best talent on the team. If he can he can get players when we need them and know when to hold onto them, he’ll have a job with the D’backs as long as he wants to be here.
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