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December 18, 2005

A Chance To Get "Big Abuji"?

From Donga.com -

Within two years, will this be the third time Choi Hee-seop switches teams?

It is being predicted that 26-year-old Choi Hee-seop will leave the Los Angeles Dodgers. Major League Baseball’s official website classified eight players, including Choi Hee-seop and Cory Paterson of the Chicago Cubs, as “expected non-tenders.”

A non-tendered designation means a player has not received a contract renewal offer from his team.

A third year major leaguer like Choi Hee-seop earns the right to apply for an annual salary adjustment. If the team abandons his application for salary adjustment, he becomes a ‘non-tender’, or a free agent.

Oh, my. Dig this:

Choi was 26 last year. To date, in 1,086 career PA, he has 10 RCAA, and OWP of .531, his ISO is .197 and his SEC is .354. Lastly, his career BPA is .496.

David Ortiz was 26 in his last year with the Twins (2002) before he joined the Red Sox. Through that age, and the 2002 season, in 1,693 PA, Ortiz had 14 RCAA, an OWP of .524, an ISO of .195, and a SEC of .324. And, his BPA mark was .498.

They are twins!

Throw your hands in the air, if youse a true player -
I love it when you call me Big Abuji!

Choi would be the perfect DH, sometimes 1B, for the Yankees next year. Plus, with him, Wang, and Matsui, the Yankees would have shirts selling all over the place - Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

This is a no-brainer to me.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at December 18, 2005 02:01 PM


Wow. They are twins. Get him! At the very least, we need a bench player.

Posted by: DownFromNJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 18, 2005 02:29 PM

I agree with you. He'd be a great pickup, but I just find it hard to believe that the Dodgers would non-tender him rather than try to trade him. I think that the Yankees might as well wait now until the deadline to see what's out there.

Here are the names of the other players mentioned in the MLB article:

• RHP Joe Borowski. Even though Borowski was arguably the MVP of the Devil Rays' second half in 2005, he may be the odd man out if the Rays sign Japanese setup man Shinji Mori.
• RHP Gil Meche. He'll probably make around $4 million and hasn't improved the way the Mariners hoped.
• RHP Ryan Franklin. Two rough years in a row for Seattle.
• RHP Dan Kolb. The Brewers traded for Kolb at the Winter Meetings and would like to give him a chance to return to 2004 form, but only if he agrees to be non-tendered and re-signed at a significantly reduced price than the $3.4 million he made last year from Atlanta.
• 3B Russell Branyan. The Brewers plan to start Bill Hall at third base and decided to re-sign veteran Jeff Cirillo as a backup. Prospect Corey Hart played third base in the Arizona Fall League and could serve as a utility man, potentially leaving Branyan without a job. Branyan missed a month last season with a broken middle finger, but more troublingly he struggled all season with a mysterious shoulder injury. He could offer the team a power left-handed bat off the bench, and the Brewers talked at times last season about using him as a backup in the outfield.
• 1B Hee Seop Choi. Deemed expendable by the Dodgers.
• CF Corey Patterson. Cubs are trying to deal him now that they have Juan Pierre.
• RHP Jim Brower. The Braves could likely sign him for around $1 million. But management made it known at the end of the 2005 season that they likely wouldn't bring him back. The veteran right-hander never showed consistency after being claimed off waivers in June.
Others possibly joining the non-tender ranks include catchers Jason Phillips (Dodgers) and Geronimo Gil (Orioles); infielders Junior Spivey (Nationals), Willie Harris (White Sox), Willie Bloomquist (Mariners) and Henry Mateo (Nationals); and pitchers Ramon Ortiz (Reds) and Kyle Lohse (Twins).

Posted by: jonm [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 18, 2005 03:11 PM

I have liked this kid since he came into the league. I think this would be a great pickup for us. He has the chance to be a big bopper for the Yankees. I believe he bats lefty which is perfect! I hope we get him!

Posted by: Scott Coulter [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 18, 2005 06:56 PM

Cashman should pounce on this...I have no problem with slight-to-moderate overpayment here.

Besides, he's gonna throw fort knox at Roger in a few weeks, swooping in and getting HSC done with some extra $$$ will be a forgotten memory.

Posted by: Jason O. [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 19, 2005 11:48 AM

Besides, how much fun would it be to change Hee-Seop-Choi! Three syllables - it's perfect!

Posted by: James Varghese [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 19, 2005 12:41 PM

jonm: Also note that Choi has put up much of his numbers in pitchers parks

I'd go after Choi & Branyan. Phillips is nice, but he's no Choi.

It would be nice to have either coming off the bench, or DH'ing.

Choi can back up Giambi @ 1b, or he can DH

Branyan has time in the OF, and if his shoulder's healthy, he'll be fine out there. He can play 1b or 3b. Or stick him @ DH.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 19, 2005 02:42 PM