02/27/10 3:55 PM EST
Choo drops Nero, picks up Boras
Outfielder remains interested in long-term Tribe deal
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
Cleveland acquired Choo in the 2006 trade that sent Ben Broussard to Seattle. In 301 games with the Tribe over the past four seasons, Choo has hit .302 with 37 homers, 179 RBIs and an .893 OPS. Last season, he hit .300 with a club-high 20 homers and 86 RBIs, to go with 21 steals. The South Korean native became the first Asian-born player to notch 20 homers and 20 steals in a single-season.
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When the subject of Boras came up Saturday, Choo's eyes opened wide. "Hot issue," he said. Choo said the Indians have yet to approach him about a long-term deal, but he planned to speak with Boras about that possibility. The prospect of signing such a deal with the Indians seems to appeal to Choo, who pointed out that, no matter who is representing him in negotiations, he will have the final say. "I really want to stay long term," Choo said. "I have good teammates here. A good team. Everything I like. I feel at home here. I like the Indians." Choo, of course, won't be eligible to explore outside options until after the 2013 season. But if the Indians intend to lock him up through his arbitration years and perhaps into his free-agent eligibility, the Boras affiliation could make matters more interesting.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.