12/08/10 7:00 PM EST
Choo's situation a hot topic at Meetings
By Jordan Bastian / MLB.com
Last month, Choo helped guide South Korea to a gold medal in the Asian Games by hitting .571 with three homers and 11 RBIs in five games. That victory earned Choo an exemption from his country's two-year military service requirement.
Through arbitration, Choo could see his salary rise somewhere around the $3 million to $4 million range in 2011 after earning $461,100 last season. If Cleveland does not sign him to a long-term deal, Choo would be eligible for free agency following the '13 season.
Given the Tribe's current situation, Boras said it could be difficult to reach an agreement on a long-term deal. The Indians finished last in baseball in attendance in 2010, are currently scaling back their payroll and plan on fielding a young roster in the upcoming season.
In a perfect world, Cleveland would like to sign Choo beyond his first free-agent year to lock him in as an integral part of the club's core group. Whether that will be possible for the Indians to accomplish remains to be seen.
"That's something that I'm sure Chris and I will sit down and chat about," Boras said. "Again, the dynamics of it are one where that's going to be Shin-Soo's decision about what he may want to do or not do.
"I do think it's tougher -- it's always tougher -- in situations where you're a club that's a developmental team, to know where the club's going to be two or three years from now. So those situations are always a little more difficult.
"But, again, we listen to every team and pass it on to the player and see what he says."
Asked about Boras' comments, Antonetti said that he firmly believes the Indians -- even after losing 93 games last season and dropping 97 in 2009 -- are a team on the rise. The Tribe's general manager added that Choo has expressed similar excitement over the potential that exists within Cleveland's young cast of players."I feel very strongly about the future of the organization," Antonetti said. "We're on the upswing. We expect 2011 to be better than 2010 and we certainly expect 2012 to be even better than that. We feel like we have a very talented group of young players that are only going to continue to get better. We're hopeful Choo will continue to be a part of that. "Ultimately, we'll have the ability to sit down and talk through the entirety of the situation with Choo, and what's important to him. We can share our thoughts on where we see the organization and where Choo sees things. Hopefully he's as positive about things as we are. "I know from my personal conversations with Choo, both throughout the course of the season and at the end of the season, he's very positive about the talent that we have in the organization and excited about the coming years."