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11-16-2012, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Dark Knight View Post
http://bastian.mlblogs.com/2012/11/15/2124600/

Choo is available and would be a great target for our LF position. The Korean is truly one of the more underrated players in the game and will fill a huge hole in LF.

I think a deal is doable without including D'Arnaud. Cleveland might have interest in Anthony Gose and that's okay as Rasmus is totally fine in CF for us.

Choo - Rasmus - Bautista solidify the OF for us.

Reyes SS
Lawrie 3B
Bautista RF
Encarnacion DH
Choo LF
Rasmus CF
Adam Lind 1B
Arencibia C
Emilio Bonafacio 2B

That's a deadly lineup.
Love Choo (despite the fact that he cooled terribly in August and September), but he's a one-year rental. The Jays do not have a good relationship with Scott Boras, his agent, and Boras' clients don't see team's contract offers - they go to FA and he presents the highest dollar value contract, so Choo would be an ultra-high flight risk. Not remotely worth giving up Gose.

As an aside, Bonifacio's defence is much better in the outfield than the infield. Izturis, meanwhile, is a much better defender at 2B, and judging by his home/away splits, his offensive production should improve at the Rogers Centre. So they can very comfortably go into spring training with Izturis earmarked for 2B, and Bonifacio in LF. If they want to upgrade either position, it had better not come at the expense of a top prospect like Gose.

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